Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Slick floor suspends key CAL United game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:20 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A game between the top two boys teams in the Cape-Atlantic United Conference was expected to produce 32 exciting minutes of exciting basketball Thursday night.

Instead, St. Joseph and Wildwood played just 16.

Slick floor conditions on Wildwood Catholic’s home court that caused numerous slips and falls by players and even one of the officials forced the referees to suspend the contest at halftime with the Wildcats leading by two points at 18-16.

The game will most likely be resumed at the point of its interruption at a date and time to be determined.

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Stock on rise for Robertson, McWade

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 23, 2014 01:34 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team won two straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference titles and a total of 41 games over the last two seasons.

And yet, the program – in a good way – has suffered through a bit of an inferiority complex.

Hailing from a school with a very small enrollment and tucked in the deepest part of the South Jersey shore area, the Crusaders have gotten very little recognition for their recent accomplishments. So they’re doing something about it by taking their act on the road and forcing others to see what their program’s all about.

Playing perhaps the most ambitious non-league schedule in the history of its program, Wildwood Catholic earned another signature victory Monday afternoon at the Paulsboro MLK Classic with an impressive 63-51 win over Schalick.

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Robertson, McWade help WCHS tame Cougars

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 20, 2014 09:27 pm

PAULSBORO – Schalick High School’s Rashaan Holloway was considered the headliner when the Cougars met Wildwood Catholic in an MLK Classic boys basketball showcase game Monday afternoon at Paulsboro High School.

By game’s end, however, it was the Crusaders’ Jordan Robertson and Eddie McWade who stood out most.

Robertson poured in a game-high 25 points and McWade added 21 points as the 6-4 senior forwards led Wildwood Catholic to a 63-51 victory over a Schalick side that features the 6-10 Holloway and his 6-6 younger brother, Mike. It was the fourth straight win for Catholic (10-3).

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LCM soccer star makes college choice

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:00 pm

One of the most prolific scorers in the history of Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer has made her college choice.

Madie Gibson, a junior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, has given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Monmouth University beginning in the fall of 2015.

Gibson could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. Lower Cape May girls soccer coach Brett Matthews confirmed Gibson’s decision to the Gazette.

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LCM wrestler Damiana picks Hofstra

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:16 pm

Lower Cape May's Cory Damiana, shown here at last year's District 32 tournament, will wrestle at Division I Hofstra University Cory Damiana has had himself quite a week.

The senior wrestler from Lower Cape May Regional High School earned his 100th career victory on Wednesday evening when he accepted a forfeit in a match against Cedar Creek. Then, the next morning, he made his college choice.

Damiana, certainly one of the best wrestlers in school history, has made a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Hofstra University. Damiana can sign a National Letter of Intent to the Long Island, N.Y., school in April.

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Rulon, Johnson carry WCHS past Cedar Creek

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 09:45 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Against one of the best shooting teams in the Cape-Atlantic League, Olivia Rulon was the best shooter on the floor Thursday evening.

The junior guard from the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team knocked down 8 of 14 shots from the floor and scored 19 points to help the Crusaders wilt Cedar Creek, 68-45, in an important CAL United Conference contest.

The victory moved Wildwood Catholic to 8-2 overall, 5-0 in CAL United play, while Cedar Creek fell to 8-3, 3-1.

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McCallion instrumental in smooth Crusader transition

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:28 am

There’s certainly been a lot of change around the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program.

For starters, successful former Sacred Heart coach Steve DiPatri was brought in as the new head coach after the Vineland school closed its doors for good in June. Then senior Kennedy Johnson, perhaps the top center in South Jersey and a Michigan State signee, also joined the program from Sacred Heart as an immediately-eligible transfer. Later, a pair of very talented freshmen who had previously planned to attend Sacred Heart, forward Danielle Sanderlin and guard Naiyanna Saab, enrolled at Wildwood Catholic.

Adding those players to the returning ones meant the Crusaders were going to have a lot of talent. But whether all those new parts were going to help make build a contender in both the Cape-Atlantic League and in South Jersey? Well, that was to be determined.

So far, the chemistry experiment has been a solid success.

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Wildwood's Vogel to coach NBA all-stars

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 15, 2014 06:43 am

Wildwood High School graduate Frank Vogel will be on one of the biggest stages in pro sports when the Indiana Pacers head coach leads the Eastern Conference team at the NBA All-Star Game.

Vogel, a native of Wildwood Crest, was selected to coach by the league by virtue of the Pacers having the Eastern Conference’s best record through earlier this week at 30-7.

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Middle holds on to beat OCHS in OT

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 15, 2014 06:39 am

OCEAN CITY – The Middle Township boys basketball team overcame its struggles from the foul line in overtime Tuesday night and came away with a 48-46 win over Ocean City at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium.

The Panthers came into the extra period having made just one of six free throws in the first 32 minutes. But junior guard Yamire McNeal made five of six from the line and junior Bob DiPeso added another for a 10-8 advantage in the four-minute overtime.

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Lower finishes strong, tops Middle in wrestling

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:36 am

LCM's Doug Flitcroft, shown here against Seneca last weekend, won by pin against Middle Township Wednesday The Lower Cape May Regional wrestling team used a strong finish to score a 42-26 victory over rival Middle Township Wednesday evening.

After the match began with Middle Township taking the first five bouts following the match’s start at 126 pounds, Lower won eight of the final nine bouts to score the victory.

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Fields, late defense lift MTHS over Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 09:30 pm

ERMA – On a night when a huge crowd was on hand to watch Lauren Holden become the first junior in Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, Middle Township was able to come up with an important Cape-Atlantic National Conference victory.

Despite Holden tossing in a ridiculous 34 points, which represented all but five of her team’s total, Middle used an almost-quiet 21 points from Lauryn Fields and excellent fourth-quarter defense to score a 48-39 victory.

Middle (4-2 overall, 2-0 CAL National) led almost from start to finish. But after taking a 22-14 halftime lead, the Lady Panthers saw Holden pour in 17 points in the third quarter alone to draw her team to within 34-33 at the close of the period.

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Key road conference win for Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 09:22 pm

It’s a difficult task to go on the road and win against a good conference opponent. But holding the opponent’s top two players to about 25 points below their combined season average will certainly will increase your chances.

That’s the formula the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team used en route to a key 53-42 victory over previously unbeaten St. Joseph Tuesday evening in Hammonton.

Charlie Riccardi, one of the top shooters in the Cape-Atlantic League, was held to eight points, and B.J. Mitchell, an athletic forward who gets many of his points driving to the basket, was limited to just three as the Crusaders held down the Wildcats’ top two scorers.

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Middle gives coach impressive sendoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 09:09 pm

The Middle Township High School boys basketball team’s best defensive effort in the 33 seasons under head coach Tom Feraco may have come in a state playoff game in 1997 against Rancocas Valley. The Panthers held the Red Devils, ranked among the top 10 in South Jersey by most media polls at the time, to only eight first-half points in what turned into a surprisingly easy victory.

Fast forward to Tuesday night, when this year’s Panther group put forth another astounding first-half defensive effort. Sure, this year’s Lower Cape May team does not resemble that previous Rancocas Valley team. But Middle was impressive on the defensive end nonetheless, holding its county rival to nine first-half points in a 57-26 victory.

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Damiana approaches major milestone

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 09:02 pm

It’s been a long but rewarding grind for Cory Damiana.

He’s been wrestling – or, when not wrestling, preparing his body to wrestle – almost all year long for the past six to eight years.

The work has certainly paid off, as the Lower Cape May Regional senior is a two-time district champion and two-time state qualifier. But the 18-year-old is optimistic his dedicated efforts will lead to even more success more during his final high school season.

Damiana entered this week with 95 career victories, leaving him on the verge of becoming just the fifth 100-win wrestler in school history. One of those 100-win wrestlers is his older brother, Billy, a 2009 graduate who recorded a school-record 139 victories.

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