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March Madness for handful from area

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 04, 2015 04:22 pm

Stephanie Agger-Carideo Stephanie Agger-Carideo has brought so much success to the Penn State Abington women’s basketball team this season that the school’s athletic department had to organize a roughly 2700-mile road trip to Oregon this week.

Agger-Carideo, a Lower Cape May Regional graduate, led Abington to a surprise run through the North East Athletic Conference tournament, resulting in the program’s first-ever conference championship. Abington won the title with a 78-46 win over Morrisville State last weekend.

The victory gave the Nittany Lions their first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in program history. They’re scheduled to play undefeated George Fox University in the opening round on Friday in Newberg, Ore. George Fox (27-0) is ranked third in the nation by D3Hoops.com.

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Feraco on brink of 700 wins

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 04, 2015 04:12 pm

Certainly, many of the wins stand out.

But ask Tom Feraco about some of his most vivid memories on his way to nearly 700 career victories and the longtime Middle Township High School boys basketball coach will start talking about some of the losses.

He remembers his teams losing three times in the state playoffs to eventual NBA player Dajuan Wagner and Camden. Twice in the state playoffs to Haddonfield and Brian Zoubek, a 7-footer who eventually played at Duke. Twice in the state playoffs to Rancocas Valley and Greg and Dan Miller, who went on to play at Delaware and Maryland, respectively. Twice to Delsea and Demetrius Poles, who later played at St. Joseph University. And then there are a handful of losses to state powers St. Anthony and St. Patrick, as well as battles with South Jersey heavyweights Camden Catholic, St. Augustine, Atlantic City, Holy Spirit, Shawnee and others.

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OCHS boys, MRHS girls advance in NJSIAA

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:23 pm

Two Cape-Atlantic League basketball teams advanced and one was eliminated Tuesday in the NJSIAA Tournament.

The Ocean City boys used a 20-point performance by Garrett Jones to defeat Oakcrest, 49-46, in Group 3. The Falcons had beaten the Raiders twice during the regular season. Vernon Burch scored 14 for Oakcrest. Ocean City will now play the winner of Wednesday night's game between Toms River South and Seneca on Thursday night.

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Defense paces Wildwood to first-round win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:17 pm

photo by Jen Marra/Wildwood's Kyion Flanders looks to pass during his team's playoff win over Burlington City. WILDWOOD – This season’s Wildwood High School boys basketball team hasn’t been known for its half-court defense. The Warriors have won most of their games through their offense and a full-court trapping defense that often gets the tempo of games moving in their favor.

Wildwood employed that full-court defense from time to time in its South Jersey Group I playoff opener against Burlington City on Tuesday. But it was the team’s half-court defense – perhaps its best in a game this season – that led to a rather easy victory.

Wildwood, the fourth seed in the tournament, held the No. 13 Blue Devils to the second-lowest scoring output against the team for the season in a dominating 59-38 win.

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Pre-game ritual a winner for McCracken, Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:14 pm

McKenzie McCracken poured in 29 points in Wildwood's state playoff win. WILDWOOD – Mackenzie McCracken gives a lot of the credit for any good game she has to a simple pregame ritual – she uses green-apple Chapstick just prior to tip-off.

It makes sense, too, because many of her shots kiss the bottom of the net.

McCracken, a sophomore who easily is the most improved high school girls basketball player in the county, poured in a game-high 29 points and gathered a game-high 17 rebounds in leading the Wildwood High School girls basketball team to tougher-than-it-should-have-been 65-57 victory over Penns Grove in the opening round of the South Jersey Group I playoffs on Tuesday.

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Both Middle teams, LCM girls advance

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 02, 2015 10:13 pm

Corey Greer drops two of his game-high 26 points for Middle Township in a playoff win over Lower Cape May. Three of the area’s high school basketball teams easily advanced past the first round of the state tournament Monday evening.

In boys basketball, Middle Township rolled to a 57-25 win over Lower Cape May in the opening round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The Panthers, seeded second in the bracket, led 28-8 at the half and by 40-12 at one point of the third quarter. Freshman Corey Greer paced all scorers with 26 points as Middle improved to 17-9. Lower Cape May finished its season at 5-20.

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Holden to play in state all-star game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 01, 2015 11:36 am

LAUREN HOLDEN Lower Cape May Regional basketball star Lauren Holden has been selected to participate in the NJSIAA North-South all-star game on March 22 at Rider University. The game regularly includes the best senior high school basketball players in the state.

Holden, a 5-6 senior point guard, was leading the state in scoring at a shade less than 27 points per game entering the weekend. Earlier this season, she became just the second player in Cape May County history to score more than 2,000 career points.

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Ocean City claims CAL girls title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 28, 2015 06:17 pm

Ocean City's Nicholl Fenton, Alexis Paone and Karissa Bourbeau celebrate winning the CAL championship game over Lower Cape May. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – When the Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls basketball teams met twice earlier this season, the team that got off to the best start emerged victorious each time.

That trend continued in the Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton University Saturday afternoon.

Ocean City, the top seed in the eight-team playoff tournament, scored the first five points, led by as many as 11 points in the second half and settled for a 34-26 victory over the Lady Tigers to win the program’s fourth overall CAL title.

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Career-high effort helps Reyes net 1K point

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:44 pm

Leishly Reyes will have her name placed on the Wildwood High basketball 1,000-point board after surpassing the milestone Thursday afternoon. WILDWOOD – Those who attended the Wildwood High School girls basketball team’s contest on a snowy Thursday afternoon witnessed a milestone that came practically out of nowhere.

Leishly Reyes poured in a career-high 38 points and became the school’s latest 1,000-point scorer on her final basket of the fourth quarter as the Lady Warriors blasted Schalick, 76-40, in their regular-season finale.

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A charged, but civil, atmosphere for MT-WC

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 02:02 pm

For about the last month, when it became apparent the Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic high school boys basketball teams were going to play one another in the opening round of the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament, fans had eagerly anticipated the game.

These are two programs that are bitter rivals right now. In fact, with all apologies to everyone at Wildwood, Middle now represents Wildwood Catholic’s biggest rival in boys basketball.

Part of the reason is that Wildwood Catholic in recent years has threatened Middle’s reign as the top team in the area year after year. A bigger part might just be, however, that Wildwood Catholic, for the first time ever, really, is beginning to draw very talented players to its school from Middle Township’s sending district.

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Lady Tigers rally, land in CAL title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 25, 2015 08:40 pm

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City. RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.

But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.

Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.

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Milestones for Lady Tigers in CAL win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:57 pm

Lauren Holden scored 25 points in LCM's CAL playoff win. ERMA – They’ve already produced a 2,000-point scorer and 1,000-point scorer and they’ve won a share of a conference championship.

But on Monday, the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team placed a couple more milestones on its resume.

The Lady Tigers set a program record for wins in a season and won their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament game with a 50-44 victory over Absegami in a quarterfinal contest. The win sends Lower Cape May into Wednesday’s semifinal game against Holy Spirit at 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Prep. The game can be heard live on 98.7 FM, with live video available at www.987thecoast.com.

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Catholic wins a classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 23, 2015 11:34 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Those who follow Cape-Atlantic League basketball closely have known for almost a month that Wildwood Catholic and Middle Township would meet in the first round of the league’s boys playoff tournament.

Many of those same observers also opined that the game would be won or lost on the game’s final possession.

They were right.

Wildwood Catholic survived and advanced in the tournament with a 40-38 victory Monday evening after Middle Township’s Mike Feraco rimmed out a three-point attempt with three seconds to play in a contest that reaffirmed the theory that basketball at the high school level just might be the best version of America’s most popular winter sport.

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Malcolm in the middle wins it for Mainland

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 23, 2015 11:28 pm

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School girls basketball couldn’t have gotten a better look at the close of overtime. The team’s coach wouldn’t take credit for the play, however.

“They make me look like a better coach than I really am,” Scott Betson said. “That was all about the kids.”

Melanie Malcolm converted from the right block off an excellent bounce pass from Maddie Williscroft with 2.5 seconds to play in overtime as the Mustangs topped Middle Township, 40-38, in a Cape-Atlantic League playoff quarterfinal Monday evening.

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