Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Lady Tigers stun No. 2 Sterling

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 07, 2014 10:51 am

Lauren Holden scored 41 points in her team's playoff upset win over Sterling Lauren Holden may have had one of the most sensational games of her already prolific high school career, but the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team’s upset victory over Sterling in a state playoff game represented the essence of a true team effort.

Holden poured in a head-shaking 41 points but the Lady Tigers were also able to get major contributions from others in a 71-61 upset road victory over Sterling in a South Jersey Group II playoff game Thursday evening.

The victory by No. 7 Lower Cape May sends the team into a sectional semifinal game with third-seeded Cedar Creek Saturday afternoon.

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Cape May County state hoops tourney results

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:34 am

Perhaps the most exciting week of the scholastic sports season began Tuesday evening with every area high school basketball team that qualified in state tournament action. The following are recaps from each of the games involving Cape May County teams:

BOYS

Ocean City 58, Toms River South 57: The 14th-seeded Raiders were one of three double-digit seeds in South Jersey Group III to win on the road in a game that featured an amazing 18 three-pointers between the two teams. Justin Ruggia sank 18 points and Jeremy Sullivan added 13 points to lead Ocean City (9-13). Ruggia and Sullivan also combined to make four free throws in as many attempts in the final 15 seconds. TRS, which got eight three-pointers and 28 points from Marquis Davis, made a three-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score. Ocean City plays at No. 6 Hammonton tonight.

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WCHS grad sets MAAC swim records

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 04, 2014 03:39 pm

RACHEL WUKO Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Rachel Wuko, a member of the Division I St. Peter’s University women’s swim team, set a pair of meet records at the three-day Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships recently.

On the first day of the meet, the sophomore won the 50 freestyle in a MAAC record time of 23.07 seconds in the event’s finals. She had previously broken the record with a time of 23.35 in her preliminary heat. Her time was just .07 seconds away from registering an NCAA B cut time.

Later, Wuko also set a new MAAC mark in the 100 freestyle. She won the event in 51.13, after posting a new record time of 50.70 in a preliminary heat.

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Previewing the sectional hoops tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 03, 2014 12:37 pm

Lauryn Fields (left) of MTHS and Naiy Saab (right) of WCHS both hope their teams can make a long run in the state tournament, which begins this week. The regular season is now complete. That means high school basketball’s version of March Madness is about to begin.

The quest for sectional and state championships was supposed to begin today, but the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of snowstorms has pushed the start of the tournament to tomorrow.

The following is a look at each group in the South Jersey section of the boys and girls state basketball tournament:

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Lady Panthers rally for CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 02, 2014 01:03 am


MTHS senior point guard Lauryn Fields hoists the CAL title trophy while being surrounded by teammates after beating WCHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Early in the second quarter, Lauryn Fields peeked up at the scoreboard and saw a 15-point deficit for her Middle Township High School girls basketball team.

That’s when the dynamic senior point guard went to work.

After making only 1 of her first 8 shots, Fields sank five of her last eight attempts and sparked an extraordinary 33-12 run that lasted from midway through the second quarter to midway through the fourth quarter. The result was a stunning 42-39 win for the Lady Panthers over rival Wildwood Catholic in the Cape-Atlantic League title game at Richard Stockton College Saturday afternoon.

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Crusaders dominate in CAL title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:36 pm

Members of the WCHS boys hoops team hold up 4 fingers in reference to their tournament seeding after winning the CAL title game over ACHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Kevin McWade missed a free throw with 5 ½ minutes remaining in the game. With three opponents surrounding the basketball, the junior guard hustled from the foul line, tipped the ball away, dove on the floor to retrieve it and flipped it to a teammate.

It was the kind of play that epitomized the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s effort against Atlantic City in Saturday afternoon’s Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton College.

Out-toughing and out-defending what is traditionally the toughest and best defensive team in the CAL, Wildwood Catholic used big runs at the start of both halves to establish surprising start-to-finish dominance in a 61-33 demolition of the two-time defending CAL champion Vikings.

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Robertson's late heroics send WCHS to CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 28, 2014 12:06 am

HAMMONTON – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team was down by two points with less than 30 seconds left in Thursday’s Cape-Atlantic League semifinal against Holy Spirit.

That’s when the best player in the Cape-Atlantic League made his biggest play of the season.

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Four from Cape May County win region prelims

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:23 pm

Four Cape May County high school wrestlers advanced further into this weekend’s Region 8 Tournament after winning preliminary matches Wednesday evening at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Preliminary matches include wrestlers who qualified for regions after second- and third-place at district tournaments. District champions received byes past the preliminary round.

Lower Cape May’s Noah Gomersall, Doug Flitcroft and Eric Pruszinski and Middle Township’s Brandon Curtis each won their bouts and will join Cape May County district champions Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May and Cooper Gallagher of Ocean City in the quarterfinal round Friday evening at EHT.

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Crusaders to play in first CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:39 pm

RICHLAND – The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team made history Wednesday evening.

The Crusaders punched their ticket to their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League championship game with a 61-52 victory over Cedar Creek in a semifinal game at St. Augustine Prep.

Wildwood Catholic, the fourth seed in the tournament, trailed 6-0 to start the game and trailed by eight late in the second quarter before outscoring Cedar Creek 21-7 from late in the second quarter through the entire third period to take a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter. The Pirates, the top seed in the tournament, never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

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Defense sends MTHS into CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 07:33 pm

RICHLAND – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team continues to prove it is one of the best defensive teams in South Jersey.

The Lady Panthers limited Holy Spirit to only 17 points through three quarters en route to a dominating 51-37 victory in a Cape-Atlantic League playoff semifinal at St. Augustine Prep Wednesday evening.

The win sends Middle (20-5) into the league championship game, which will be played Saturday at noon at Richard Stockton College.

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Legler relishes one last chance

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:38 am

Lauren Leger recently returned to the Lady Panther lineup after missing 7 weeks due to an ankle injury CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twice during this season, Lauren Legler was told by doctors she might never play another high school basketball game.

The first occurred when she suffered a chip fracture in her left foot during a late December game. Doctors informed the Middle Township High School senior that she might not get healthy enough to play until after the season was complete. But she healed faster than expected and was set to come back earlier this month.

Then, four days after she was cleared to play but before she could suit up for a game, Legler was involved in a minor car accident and sustained a shoulder separation. Again, doctors initially told Legler she could be out long enough that the rest of the season would pass her by.

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First-half defense propels Crusader girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:31 am

Danielle Sanderlin of WCHS snatches a rebound against St. Joseph in Monday's CAL playoff game NORTH WILDWOOD – Steve DiPatri coached the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team Monday evening while battling a rough case of bronchitis.

After the way his Crusaders played, the coach, if superstitious, might not mind if his condition lasts for the rest of the season.

After spotting St. Joseph the first four points of the first-round Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament game, Wildwood Catholic scored 18 unanswered points to close the first half and went on to post a 41-32 victory.

The fourth-seeded Crusaders are scheduled to take on No. 1 Cedar Creek in a semifinal game tonight at 7 at St. Augustine Prep. The winner of that contest will have earned a berth in Saturday’s league title game at Richard Stockton College at noon against Middle Township or Holy Spirit.

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Crusaders win wild CAL playoff over Millville

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 25, 2014 02:51 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A game that had more twists and turns than a multiple runs of the Nor’Easter roller coaster on the Wildwoods Boardwalk took one last wild twist and turn with a second to play.

A layup attempt that bounced twice on the rim before falling off just prior to the final buzzer led to agony for Millville and euphoria for Wildwood Catholic as the Crusaders survived a quarterfinal Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff, 55-54, Monday evening.

The win sends Wildwood Catholic, the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament, into Thursday’s semifinal round against top-seeded Holy Spirit, which was an easy winner over Oakcrest in another quarterfinal. That game will be played at 7 p.m. at Hammonton High School, after St. Augustine Prep takes on Atlantic City in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

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Damiana, Gallagher secure D32 titles

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:52 am

LCM's Cory Damiana GALLOWAY – Lower Cape May Regional’s Cory Damiana and Ocean City’s Cooper Gallagher each secured championships to lead the effort by Cape May County wrestlers at the District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School on Saturday.

Damiana and Gallagher were among the stars of the tournament.

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