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Red-hot Middle on win streak

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:35 am

Summer Sides has been a key contributor off the bench for the Lady Panthers Just a couple of weeks ago, the Middle Township High School girls basketball team was just 4-4 through eight games.

Now, the Lady Panthers are the league’s hottest team.

Middle’s 56-31 win over Millville was the team’s sixth straight. Three of those wins came over very good opponents. The Lady Panthers have increased their record to 9-4 and put them back in the conversation for a berth in the eight-team Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament.

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Coleman paces surging Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:33 am

Jahnire Coleman is averaging 18.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for Wildwood. The Wildwood High School boys basketball team is scheduled to play Tri-County Classic Division leader Gloucester Catholic on Tuesday.

That game against the Rams can be a very important one, but not if the Warriors don’t win the three games on their schedule ahead of it.

Wildwood is just 6-6 overall but sits in second place in the Tri-Co Classic at 3-1, with Gloucester Catholic (12-2 overall) atop the division standings at 6-0.

The Warriors can jump into a first-place tie with Gloucester Catholic with a win but only if they can get past Pitman and Pennsville on Thursday and Friday, as well as Clayton on Monday.

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DeWeese hits milestone in WC win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:54 pm

DAVE DEWEESE NORTH WILDWOOD – When the Mainland Regional High School boys basketball team cut its deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, there weren’t many people in Wildwood Catholic’s tiny gymnasium thinking about a milestone victory.

But then D.J. Smith made a pair of three-pointers to restore a 10-point advantage and later hit four straight free throws to help put the Mustangs away as the Crusaders posted a 61-53 victory Wednesday evening.

The win was the 200th in the 13-year coaching career of Wildwood Catholic’s Dave DeWeese.

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Crusader coach goes for milestone win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 28, 2015 01:51 pm

DAVE DEWEESE Dave DeWeese could land with some pretty exclusive company later today.

The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach enters this evening’s game with Mainland Regional needing one more victory to reach 200 for his career.

The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Wildwood Catholic’s home gymnasium in North Wildwood.

DeWeese, in his 13th season, goes into the game with a career record of 199-139. He has led Wildwood Catholic to three straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference titles and guided the Crusaders to last season’s overall CAL championship. DeWeese also won South Jersey Non-Public B championships with the Crusaders in 2006 and 2007.

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OCHS dominant against Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 26, 2015 09:31 pm

alexis paone basketball Ocean City OCEAN CITY – How good was the Ocean City High School girls basketball team’s defense Monday evening?

Consider this:

Their opponent, unbeaten Lower Cape May, entered the game with three players averaging a combined 54 points per game, led by the state’s leading scorer in Lauren Holden, who was averaging 30.7 per contest.

All the Raiders did was limit Holden to 10 points and Lady Tigers as a whole to 20 points in a thoroughly dominating effort that left them alone in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

The 43-20 victory – amazingly, the game wasn’t even as close as the 23-point margin – improved Ocean City to 11-1 overall, 5-0 in conference games. Lower Cape May dropped to 12-1, 4-1.

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LCM star surpasses 2,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 23, 2015 10:06 pm

Lower Cape May's Lauren Holden is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the 2000th point of her career ERMA – Lauren Holden did not disappoint the large crowd gathered in the Lower Cape May Regional High School gymnasium Friday evening.

The dynamic senior guard became just the second high school girls basketball player in Cape May County history to surpass 2,000 career points in the Lady Tigers’ 75-31 rout of Bridgeton in a key Cape-Atlantic National Conference contest.

Holden, bound for Division I Fordham, hit a three-point shot from about two steps to the right of the top of the key 58 seconds into the second quarter. The game was immediately stopped as the state’s current leading scorer at about 30 points per game was mobbed by her teammates, coaches and numerous family members for a short ceremony to commemorate the achievement.

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Lady Warriors win for 3rd time in 4 games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 07:23 pm

MACKENZIE McCRACKEN: 18 points in win over Woodstown WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team missed out on a chance to beat a then 9-0 team when it lost by two points to Gloucester last Thursday. The team came back to win easily over Clayton the next day.

Earlier this week, the Lady Warriors didn’t squander an opportunity against another good team.

Wildwood led from start to finish and posted its highest scoring total of the season as it rolled to a 60-46 victory Tuesday afternoon over Woodstown, which had gone into the contest at an impressive 8-3 on the season.

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Big games on horizon for unbeaten Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 06:41 pm

Carrie Wunder is one of six seniors on the unbeaten LCMR girls basketball team. The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team hasn’t faced much tough competition lately, aside from a stiff test from Middle Township early last week in a 33-30 Lady Tiger victory.

That is about to change.

Lower Cape May (11-0), coming off Tuesday’s home victory over Millville, is set to face some of the better teams on its schedule over the next few weeks. None of the games is bigger than the next two, when the team hosts Bridgeton on Friday and travels to Ocean City on Monday in games that will greatly impact the Cape-Atlantic National Conference standings. After those two contests, Lower will host a solid Atlantic City team in a CAL crossover game next Wednesday.

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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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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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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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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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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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