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Russo replaces Iannucci as Holy Spirit football coach

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, December 19, 2014 03:16 pm

russo New Holy Spirit High School head football coach A.J. Russo Holy Spirit High School made a quick change at the top of its varsity football program on Friday, announcing that A.J. Russo will replace John Iannucci, who resigned as head coach Friday.

Iannucci resigned from the head coaching position after three years at the Absecon school due to what he called a number of minor health ailments, as well as “other factors” that came to light after the end of the season.

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Mainland-OC doubleheader Sunday remembers Jack Boyd

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 18, 2014 03:18 pm

OCTipoff1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City, led by guard Lamar Thomas (4), faces a tough challenge on Saturday against defending SJ Group 3 champion Delsea Regional. OCEAN CITY- The 17th annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 21 with a girl-boy doubleheader between Ocean City and Mainland that will act as a memorial to Jack Boyd.

Boyd, the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach at OCHS who also became active with Mainland’s boosters during his sons’ successful athletics careers, died in January. The final two games of the 10-game weekend will be known as the Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader.

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Butch Gleason really lived his life

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 18, 2014 03:05 pm

butch Butch Gleason Butch Gleason, a former Cape-Atlantic League athlete and longtime radio sportscaster, died last week after battling a number of health problems. Some people you might know share their memories of him.

“Butch Gleason was a man with a huge heart, capable of loving many things. He loved his family, first and foremost, and made sure they all knew how he felt. He had a keen sense of humor and his personality was always the same no matter who he was with. Butch loved a good meal and after retirement developed into an enthusiastic chef. As a graduate of Ocean City High School, Butch loved all things Ocean City, and was known to drive down from his home in Marlton to pick up a Voltaco’s hoagie, Manco & Manco pizza, or some Johnson’s popcorn, to name a few. Finally Butch loved his friends. I feel fortunate to count myself among them.  During my time as head football coach he was by my side after almost every game, always very supportive and positive. Butch was a constant and loyal friend to me for over 30 years and I will cherish the memories of our times together and the friendship we had for the rest of my life.” – GARY DEGENHARDT

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Girls basketball: Post-Stefanski era set to begin at Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 17, 2014 02:51 pm

girlshoops1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek starting forwards Casey Thomas, left, and Fatimah Blackwell. The Cedar Creek High School girls are about to enter a new season without a Stefanski on the roster for the first time in the program's five-year history.

But the presence of "Twin Towers" Casey Thomas and Fatimah Blackwell should help compensate for the loss of the four Stefanski sisters, three of whom were starters and one (Mikila) a 1,000-point career scorer.

“We’re pretty much a brand new team this year,” said senior forward Thomas, who has received a basketball scholarship from Holy Family University in Philadelphia. “We have three new faces in the starting lineup, so we’re working through it.”

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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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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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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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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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