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LCM, Middle head to district tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:08 pm

LCM's Erik Pruszinski is a strong contender to win a district title at 120 pounds. The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school wrestling programs have struggled this season.

For Lower, lots of youth and small numbers led to a 1-23 finish in dual matches.

For Middle, lots of youth and previous inexperience played a big role as the Panthers finished at 5-20.

But the team competitions are now finished. This weekend, high school wrestlers in the area will compete for individual glory at the District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School.

Wrestling begins with preliminary and quarterfinal matches Friday evening. Semifinal bouts will be held Saturday morning, followed by third-place consolations. Sometime late in the afternoon, the championship round will take place.

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State title for LCM junior

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 09:36 pm

Quinn Bithell made history again for the Lower Cape May Regional High School athletic program last weekend.

Bithell, a junior, became the first female state indoor track champion in school history when she placed first in the high jump in the Group II meet in Toms River on Saturday.

Bithell leaped 5 feet, 2 inches – matching her personal-best jump indoors – and placed first on a tiebreaker to win the state championship. Two other athletes matched Bithell’s height, but Bithell was awarded the state title due to reaching 5-2 on her first jump.

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Crusaders clinch 4th straight United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 09:26 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Kevin McWade will graduate from high school as a four-time championship basketball player.

McWade, the lone senior on the Wildwood Catholic boys basketball team, and his Crusader teammates captured their fourth straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference title with Wednesday evening’s 52-39 victory over Cedar Creek.

The win improved Wildwood Catholic to 17-6 overall, 10-1 in division play. The team finishes its regular season and its CAL United slate on Friday against Cape May Tech.

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Three from area inducted into SJ hoops Hall of Fame

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 03:00 pm

hoopshall Left to right, Joe Fussner, Valeria Jones and Bill Fisher Joe Fussner, Valeria Jones and Bill Fisher were inducted into the Carino South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday Feb. 15 in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.

In addition to his 23 seasons as women’s basketball coach at Richard Stockton University, Fussner was incredibly successful at the high school level during stints as both the girls and boys coach at Atlantic City High School.

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Mustangs dig early hole they can’t shoot out of vs. Bulldogs

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 16, 2015 09:40 pm

mainboys1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland’s Dean Deveney goes up for basket with Bridgeton’s Marquis Wilson defending from behind. LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School boys basketball team apparently missed its matinee wakeup call on Saturday, Feb. 14.

By the time they got the message, the Mustangs were buried under an avalanche that even a boatload of long-range shots couldn’t overcome.

Mainland fell behind 16-0 in the first eight minutes of a 54-51 loss to Bridgeton in a Cape-Atlantic League Valentine’s Day afternoon special.

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Conference softball honors for Middle grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 16, 2015 07:18 pm


Middle Township High School graduate Alyssa Discepola, a freshman outfielder for the Salem International University softball team, was recently named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Discepola went 10 for 16 (.625) with two doubles and seven RBI over her first four career games. She helped the Tigers get off to a 3-1 start with a win over Johnson C. Smith University and a doubleheader sweep at Shaw University.

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LCM’s Pruszinski reaches century mark

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 08:34 pm

ERIC PRUZSINSKI Lower Cape May Regional High School senior Eric Pruszinski joined a short list of 100-win wrestlers at his school on Saturday.

Pruszinski posted an 11-0 major decision victory over Westfield’s Danny Hoerle at 120 pounds during a quad at Burlington Township for the milestone win.

Pruszinski upped his record to 30-1 for the season and is now 100-35 for his career.

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Gibson can barely miss as LCM routs Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 07:20 pm

MADIE GIBSON ERMA – The movement to bring a shot clock into high school girls basketball will not be using Saturday’s Wildwood-Lower Cape May game as one of its examples of the game’s sometimes sluggish pace.

The two county rivals combined for 68 points in the first half alone as both teams pushed the ball up the floor, moved it quickly during offensive sets and quickly took open shots at the rim.

But after all that offense, it was the Lady Tiger defense that eventually turned the game into a rout. After leading 38-30 at the break – for a combined point total that regularly exceeds final scores in many high school girls basketball games these days – Lower Cape May held Wildwood to six third-quarter points, scored 21 of its own and ran away for a 72-50 victory Saturday afternoon.

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McNeal's explosion carries Warriors past LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 06:32 pm

YAMIRE McNEAL ERMA – Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball coach Scott Holden bought a ticket for the 50-50 drawing after his team’s game against Wildwood on Saturday. The drawing was to be held during the girls game between the two schools that followed.

Holden approached Wildwood senior guard Yamire McNeal and asked him to rub his ticket.

“I figured it might be good luck after the day he had,” Holden said with a laugh.

McNeal, whose previous career best in scoring was a 21-point output against Bridgeton while he was a player for Middle Township last season, poured in 40 points on only 23 shots to lead the Warriors to an easy 73-56 win over the Caper Tigers.

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Dream season ends for Oakcrest in sectional final

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, February 13, 2015 05:21 pm

oak1 Bill LeConey/Oakcrest senior swimmer Taylor Phy MANTUA TOWNSHIP – An unprecedented season for the Oakcrest High School girls swim team came to an end Thursday Feb. 12 at Gloucester County Institute of Technology, as the Falcons lost to Haddonfield, 102-68, in the South Jersey Public C championship meet.

But there were smiles all around for the Falcons, who took an undefeated record (8-0) into the sectional final, including playoff wins over Woodstown and Lawrence.

“It is amazing that we’re even here,” said senior Taylor Phy, who was one of two individual event winners Thursday for the Falcons. “I’m very proud of our team. Everyone’s put everything that they have into this. We couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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EHT girls swim team falls short in South Jersey final

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, February 13, 2015 05:17 pm

ehtswim Bill LeConey/EHT swimmers, left to right, Victoria Evans, Camryn Greenleaf, and Alex Bossi. MANTUA TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township High School girls swim team set a high standard for themselves in the pool this season. They didn’t reach the ultimate goal of a South Jersey championship, but they gave it everything they had.

The third-seeded Eagles lost to top seed and defending champion Cherokee, 96-74, in the South Jersey Public A final at Gloucester County Institute of Technology on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Seniors Victoria Evans and Alex Bossi and sophomore Camryn Greenleaf all won individual events, and Bossi anchored the winning 200 medley relay with teammates Greenleaf, Bailey Howarth and Agnes McDonough.

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Seedings, pairings announced for NJSIAA hoops tourney

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 02:18 pm

playoffs The NJSIAA announced the seedings and first-round pairings Thursday for the boys and girls state championship tournament. First-round games will be played March 2-4. The Public sectional finals will be March 9-10, Non-Public March 10-12. The state championships are March 14-15, and the Tournament of Champions is March 17-23.

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State tournament seedings released for hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:51 pm

Grace Sacco and the OCHS girls basketball team have earned the top seed for the South Jersey Group III Tournament Seedings for the high school boys and girls basketball state tournament were released today by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The tournament begins on Monday, March 2.

The following is a look at the seedings for the teams from Cape May County:

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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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