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Feisty point guard fuels Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 06:35 pm

Becky Andress often has her height listed as 5-2 or 5-3 on rosters that might pop up in a newspaper or in a program book. She was asked if that was accurate.

“I’m barely 5-0,” she said with a laugh.

Andress may be tiny but she’s having a big impact on the girls basketball team at Wildwood Catholic this season.

The energetic senior point guard is a major reason why the Crusaders have 10 wins through 12 games, although one of the losses came Tuesday in overtime at St. Joseph.

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Local teams, Mo’ne Davis highlight girls hoops shootout

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 05:01 pm

HSshootout Submitted/Mo’ne Davis, an eighth grader, is playing for the varsity basketball team at Springside Chestnut Academy. Mo’ne Davis took the amateur sports world by storm last summer. This weekend will be your chance to see the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in person.

Davis, who became the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer when she did so for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, is the starting point guard for Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.), which is one of eight high school girls basketball teams competing in the 20th annual 97.3-ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout Saturday and Sunday at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

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Role players help Middle past Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:15 pm

Middle's LeVerne Fitzpatrick goes to the basket for two of his 12 points against Wildwood WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School boys basketball team had a lot of things working against it going into its game against Wildwood Tuesday evening.

For starters, arguably the team’s top player, senior Trai Greer, was out for his second straight game due to a knee injury. Second, the Panthers were facing one of their former players in standout guard Yamire McNeal, who was playing in his first game for Wildwood after transferring from Middle Township last year. And third, the Warrior faithful came out in force for the contest, selling out the gymnasium and creating a rather raucous atmosphere, which could have made things particularly daunting for the visitors.

But then the game started.

Middle jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, went ahead 24-9 after one period and never let the Warriors get closer than nine points the rest of the way in a 64-51 victory.

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Tomasello pours in 22 as Creek girls overwhelm ACIT

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:03 pm

newCCreek1 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek senior Maddy Tomasello scored a career-high 22 points in a Jan. 20 win over ACIT. EGG HARBOR CITY - The road to the Cape-Atlantic League United Conference girls basketball championship has gone through Egg Harbor City, home of the Cedar Creek High School Pirates, the last two years.

The Pirates seem determined to keep it that way.

Cedar Creek, despite the absence of big forward Fatimah Blackwell due to an injured foot, easily defeated upstart Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 72-29, in a first-place showdown Tuesday night at Mohr Gymnasium.

Senior Maddy Tomasello shot the lights out for a career-high 22 points, including five 3-point shots, and Casey Thomas added 17 as the Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak and took sole possession of first place in the CAL United.

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D.J.’s dagger lifts Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:44 pm

DJ SMITH NORTH WILDWOOD – With 25 seconds remaining in overtime and point guard Kevin McWade dribbling at the top of the key, Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach Dave DeWeese yelled, “One shot!” from the sideline.

But only nine seconds later, D.J. Smith raised up for a left corner three-point attempt.

“I know I said, ‘One shot,’ but when he let it go, I said, ‘That’s the one,’” DeWeese said with a laugh.

Smith’s three-pointer, his second of the overtime session, accounted for the winning points as the Crusaders slipped past St. Joseph, 62-59, in an important Cape-Atlantic United Conference game Tuesday evening.

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EHT boys place fourth, set school records at state relays

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:36 pm

ehtboys EHT's Alvin Abraham The Egg Harbor Township High School boys indoor track and field team medaled in five events at the NJSIAA Group IV State Relays on Jan. 15, placing fourth overall in team score.

The distance medley relay team of Eric Barnes, Alex Dessoye, Robert Dessoye and Vinny Del Conte placed third, setting a school record with a time of 10 minutes, 36.77 seconds.

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Big-game Vikings come off the mat to beat Spartans

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:04 am

AC1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard gets ready to take a foul shot late in Friday's win over Holy Spirit. ATLANTIC CITY – Defensive intensity is a given for the Atlantic City Vikings. And they always seem to come up with some unlikely heroes that rise to the occasion. Throw in a few huge shots in big situations and you have a proven recipe for success.

The Vikings brewed up another tremendous formula on Friday night, putting it all together for a 59-52 victory over top rival Holy Spirit in a wildly entertaining Cape-Atlantic League game at Atlantic City High School.

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Prep wilts Middle, 62-42

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 16, 2015 10:11 pm

The MTHS CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It wasn’t a good spot for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team Friday evening, playing one of the best teams in South Jersey without one of its most important players.

The results showed.

St. Augustine Prep, ranked among the top five teams in the region in most media polls, methodically pulled away from Middle from the late stages of the first quarter forward and went on to post a 62-42 victory that placed the Hermits in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

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Creek’s Solomon makes solid first impression vs. D’Arcy

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 16, 2015 05:12 pm

solomondarcy1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit wrestler Pat D'Arcy (top) picks up some late points in his match against Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon. ABSECON - Andrew Solomon has climbed steadily upward in weight and class among the area’s best high school wrestlers. On Thursday he arrived at the penthouse suite.

Solomon, a Cedar Creek High School sophomore, faced Holy Spirit standout Pat D'Arcy for the first time Thursday in Absecon. D'Arcy came away with a 6-0 decision in a very competitive match at 126 pounds.

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Middleton’s 27 leads Spirit over Middle in 'Big Game' prep

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:07 am

spiritmiddle1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit’s John Middleton sets himself for a foul shot in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s win over Middle. ABSECON - Wednesday's game against Middle Township was barely five minutes over when somebody asked Holy Spirit coach Jamie Gillespie about the next one.

"Who are we playing Friday?" Gillespie cracked. He knows full well that the Atlantic City Vikings are up next in a renewal of one of South Jersey's best rivalries.

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Baseball All-America game for WHS soph

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:29 pm

BRENDAN BEAN Wildwood High School sophomore Brendan Bean will participate in the Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament this weekend in Mesa, Ariz.

Bean, a left handed pitcher and first baseman, has been chosen to compete for the Atlantic team at the event, which includes some of the top high school baseball players in the country. The Atlantic team will play a series of games against other Under Armour All-America teams representing other regions across the country at the event.

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Warriors showing signs of life

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:11 pm

WILDWOOD – It was a miserable start to the season for the Wildwood High School boys basketball team.

The Warriors won just one of their first six games, trying to find their way while beginning the season without last year’s leading scorer, who is not eligible to play.

But now that Wildwood has jumped into Tri-County Classic Division play, the team is starting to show some signs of life. And with a major reinforcement on the way, the Warriors are hoping to make a bit of a run going forward.

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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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