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Boys basketball: Holy Spirit has talent, balance to thrive in CAL

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:54 pm

boyshoops1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior Jordan Taylor can slash to the basket and score for the talented Spartans. It’s the start of another season of high expectations for the Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team.

But when coach Jamie Gillespie weighs the difference between this year’s team and talented Spartans teams of the past, he arrives at one word: Balance.

“We’ve got a nice mix of kids, a bunch of kids with different skill sets, which is something that we haven’t had in the past,” said Gillespie. “I think we’re positioned for another good year. We’re excited.”

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Mainland grad Broomall named D3 all-South Atlantic

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:49 pm

broomall Photo courtesy of Rutgers-Newark Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper Matthew Broomall, a 2012 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, has been named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region squad.

Broomall, a junior, helped the Scarlet Raiders to a 16-6-0 season, a program-best 7-2 finish in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and the team's second consecutive at-large berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament.

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From MTHS athlete to TV reporter

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:47 pm

MTHS graduate Alison Mastrangelo is a TV news reporter for Fox 21 in Colorado Springs When Alison Mastrangelo was young, she was a huge fan of ABC’s World News Tonight.

“I always had the biggest crush on (anchor) Peter Jennings,” she said with a laugh. “My mom (Fran) always says whenever they’d turn on the TV and it was on that I’d stop everything I was doing to watch him.”

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Wrapping up the 2014 fall season

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:26 pm

CALFallWrap2 Mike Schultz/Sophomore running back Connor Agostino helped Egg Harbor Township go 5-5 - a three-win improvement - under first-year coach Kevin Stetser. The swimmers are in the pools and, starting next week, jump shots and takedowns will replace third-down conversions and extra points.

But first, one final look at the 2014 Cape-Atlantic League football season and a couple of other fall sports.

It was another fall season filled with success.

St. Joseph won another NJSIAA championship, keeping the CAL’s streak alive – at least one NJSIAA football champ every year since 1986. Before we completely file away all records and move on to basketball, wrestling, swimming and indoor track, lets review some of the highlights of the season.

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Pleasantville’s Noah Prevard among top CAL first team all stars

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, December 09, 2014 03:58 pm

pvilleXC Pleasantville runner Noah Prevard, far right, competes with teammates (left to right) Alvaro Perdomo, Radcliffe Narinesingh and Giovanni Aracena at the Atlantic County Cross Country Championships in Hammonton on Oct. 23. There were only a dozen Cape-Atlantic League fall athletes who earned first team all-star recognition for the third year in 2014. One of them was Noah Prevard of Pleasantville.

Two of the twelve – Madie Gibson of Lower Cape May and Ryan Herlihy of Middle Township – led the way by being selected to the first team all stars the maximum of four straight years.

The all-conference teams were selected by the coaches and announced by the league.

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Callahan leads Wesley into D3 semifinal

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Written by Staff Report Monday, December 08, 2014 04:23 pm

Wesley College quarterback Joe Callahan Photo courtesy of Wesley College/Wesley College quarterback Joe Callahan from Absecon and Holy Spirit High School runs for yardage against Hobart in last week’s D3 quarterfinal victory. Holy Spirit High School grad Joe Callahan led the Wesley College football team to its sixth NCAA Division III semifinal appearance with a 41-13 win over Hobart last Saturday in Dover, Del.

Callahan, a junior from Absecon, threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns on the day, breaking Wesley's single-season record for passing yards (3,750). Callahan also extended his own single-season record for touchdown passes (45).

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EHT, Mainland split early-season swim meet

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, December 08, 2014 04:08 pm

EHTMainswim1 Bill LeConey/Swimmers enter the water for the start of a race during the EHT-Mainland swim meet last Friday. LINWOOD - Athletes from Mainland Regional and Egg Harbor Township high schools took to the water on Friday, Dec. 6 in a competitive early-season Cape-Atlantic League swim meet at Mainland's pool.

The EHT girls beat their Mainland rivals 110-60 as sophomore Camryn Greenleaf took victories in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke, and joined her teammates for wins in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Kirstin Rontos, Bailey Howarth, Victoria Evans, and freshmen Leenah Sarhan and Alex Bossi each won individual races and also contributed to relay wins for EHT, which improved to 2-0. Kara Sulzer won the 400 freestyle for Mainland (1-1).

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Holy Spirit swamped by DePaul, 42-0, in Non-Public 2 state final

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:26 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Kareem Walker PISCATAWAY – Holy Spirit’s trip to the Non-Public II state championship was about as memorable as the weather Saturday: dreary, lifeless, and ultimately futile.

But, then again, these Spartans weren’t even supposed to be here – playing in a state final for the fifth straight year - so a 42-0 loss to powerful DePaul Catholic should only linger in the minds of the younger players as motivation to get back to the top.

“I got to see Rutgers Stadium,” said Holy Spirit freshman fullback Qwahsin Townsel from Egg Harbor Township. “This is what I want to do when I graduate from high school. I want to be in a stadium like this.”

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Kerr's dagger sinks Drexel in upset (video)

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 05, 2014 10:29 am

USciences athletics/Middle grad Garret Kerr and Wildwood Catholic grad T. John Casiello (background) helped University of the Sciences upset Drexel Thursday evening Ever since Garret Kerr began playing basketball at Division II University of the Sciences, some have wondered how he would have fared had he played at the Division I level.

After Thursday’s performance, it’s pretty easy to tell he would have done rather well.

Kerr, a 2011 graduate of Middle Township High School, sank a three-pointer with two seconds to play as Sciences shocked Division I Drexel, 54-52. Wildwood Catholic graduate T. John Casiello assisted Kerr on the winning shot.

Kerr finished with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting. He made both of his three-point attempts. Kerr added 10 rebounds and four assists and committed just two turnovers.

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Holy Spirit looks to maintain tradition in state title game

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:05 pm

seniorspartans Bill LeConey/ Holy Spirit senior football players get together for a picture after practice on Thursday, Dec. 4. Left to right, Nick Cordivari, T.J. Clayton, Andrew Light, Jordan Taylor, Amir Young, DeSean Hart, Matthew Hoke, and Alex Joseph. ABSECON - It has been a very un-Spirit-like season, so to speak, for the tradition-rich Holy Spirit High School football team.

But if the Spartans can find a way to upset DePaul Catholic on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Rutgers' High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, the season will end in a very Spirit-like way: with a Non-Public II state championship.

Holy Spirit (5-6) has won 10 state titles overall, three straight from 2010-12, and is making its fifth straight appearance in a non-public state title game.

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Where does St. Joe team fit among CAL’s best?

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 04, 2014 12:45 pm

stjoeHorne Bill LeConey/St. Joe quarterback Salaam Horne drops back for a pass in a game against Atlantic City last year. On Saturday, Dec. 6, two Cape-Atlantic League football teams will play for NJSIAA championships. Holy Spirit will be the underdog at Rutgers, just like the Spartans were in their first two playoff victories. And St. Joseph will be the favorite to win its sixth straight title at Kean University.

St. Joe has been the talk of the league – in fact, all of South Jersey – this season. Some feel this team might be the school’s best. But just how good are they?

So, here is a list of the most successful teams from CAL schools. The criteria is that a team cannot have lost to another CAL team unless that team is also on the list. And ties are discarded. Look it over.

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So. Cape May County swimming preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 03, 2014 04:29 pm

MTHS swim captains Tom Sykes, Elliot Dingler, Zach Sykes and Molly Faulkner MTHS swim captains Tom Sykes, Elliot Dingler, Zach Sykes and Molly Faulkner. While area high school basketball wrestling teams were scheduled to hold their first official practices on Monday (although “tryout” practices were permitted last week), high school swimming teams have already started their regular seasons.

It’ll be a transition year for quite a few of the local swimming teams, since many of them graduated quite a few talented seniors from last year’s clubs.

The state playoff system has changed a bit. A new Public “C” classification has been added and many of the top seeds in each section will receive first-round byes.

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LCM inducts latest class into Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 03, 2014 04:20 pm

CAPE MAY – Four of the best athletes of recent times from Lower Cape May Regional High School were inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet held at the Grand Hotel Friday evening.

The South Jersey champion 1989 boys soccer team was also inducted.

Bill Damiana, Matt Dicken, Matt Szczur and Victoria Wermuth were the individual inductees.

Damiana, a 2009 graduate of the school, is regarded as one of the best wrestlers in school history. He holds the school record with 137 wins and is the only wrestler in school history to win 40 matches in back-to-back seasons, which he accomplished as a junior and senior. Damiana was a two-time District 32 champion, two-time Region 8 medalist and two-time state tournament medalist.

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Eagles stuff Mustangs for first Turkey Day win since '09

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, November 29, 2014 04:25 pm

eht1 Mike Schultz/EHT defenders Luke Florentino (left), Austin Smith (88) and Angelo Branca (91) converge on and sack Mainland quarterback Ryan Swenson. LINWOOD - An old rivalry game got off to a great start for a new coach.

Head Coach Kevin Stetser and the Egg Harbor Township High School football team defeated Mainland Regional 13-0 on Thanksgiving Day, the Eagles' first win over their nearby rivals since 2009.

The Eagles relied on a solid run game and a punishing helping of defense to earn the victory.

Dante Moore and Connor Agostino each scored rushing touchdowns for EHT.

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