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OCHS swimmers won championship together

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Written by Tom Williams Sunday, February 16, 2014 07:20 pm

OCHS swimmers won championship together OCHS swimmers won championship together

The bus ride back from Deptford Township was pretty exciting.

“It was crazy,” said Ocean City High School senior Rachel Chain, who had contributed to three victories in the win over Haddonfield in the South Jersey B Championship Meet. “Noel (Styer) had this amazing speaker and it was beyond loud. We all were so energetic, on a natural high after winning.”

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Middle's upset bid falls short

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 16, 2014 09:05 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a victory that would have catapulted the Middle Township High School boys basketball team toward earning an automatic berth in the Cape-Atlantic League Playoff Tournament.

It also would have sent a few shockwaves through the South Jersey basketball community.

But instead, Middle was left wondering what how it all went wrong.

The Panthers squandered a 10-point third-quarter lead and committed costly turnovers on their final two possessions of the game and fell, 46-41, to St. Augustine Prep Saturday afternoon.

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Feraco returns to sidelines

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Written by TOM WILLIAMS Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:35 pm

When Tom Feraco entered the Paul Rodio Gymnasium at St. Augustine Prep on Saturday for Middle Township’s game with Cherry Hill West he was a bit nervous and a little anxious. It would be his first game on the bench since Jan. 7.

“It was great to be back,” he said, “and I felt good but I had lost my feel for the team. I had a good feeling for them after the first few weeks of the season. But I had lost touch and I was anxious to get that back.”

Feraco was away from the team for a medical leave. The longtime coach had successful surgery for prostate cancer in early January.

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Middle boys stay alive in playoff race

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:31 pm

arashid With Tom Feraco back on the sidelines, the Middle Township boys basketball team defeated Ocean City, 50-45, Monday evening to stay alive in the three-way race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference. The team that finishes second will automatically qualify for the CAL Playoff Tournament.

“We’ve got a good shot,” said Feraco, who returned to the bench on Saturday. “We still have games left with the other contenders.”

After the win, Middle remained in a three-way tie with Hammonton and Oakcrest. The conference has been won by St. Augustine Prep. The Panthers were scheduled to travel to Hammonton tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 12; too late for this edition) and to Oakcrest on Tuesday. They also will host St. Augustine on Saturday afternoon and will face Bishop Eustace on Sunday at Cherry Hill East.

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Holden honored for scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:28 pm

holden Four of the five previous 1,000-point scorers were on hand for a ceremony Monday that honored junior guard Lauren Holden (center, with ball) for breaking the program scoring record. Pictured with Holden are (from left) Victoria Wermuth, Heidi VonColln-Hunter, Stephanie Dugan and Carol Faison. ERMA – Lauren Holden still has another entire season to go, but she’s already her program’s all-time leading scorer.

Holden, a junior guard, was honored prior to Monday’s contest against Hammonton for breaking the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball all-time scoring record. Holden broke the record of 1,333 points set by 2008 graduate Victoria Wermuth early in Saturday’s victory over Clearview in a South Jersey Girls Basketball Invitational showcase game. Holden finished the game with 26 points.

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Robertson a breakout star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:26 pm

robertson Last season as a junior, Jordan Robertson often displayed glimpses of greatness. An occasional pull-up jump shot, a smooth drive and finish at the rim or a put-back dunk would leave the crowd shaking their heads in amazement.

But then there were times, often during the same games, when Robertson would go almost unnoticed for long stretches. It led to some observers questioning his desire.

Robertson simply called it a matter of confidence.

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Crusaders move to brink of United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:23 pm

Crusaders move to brink of United title NORTH WILDWOOD – It wasn’t one of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s best efforts, but it was more than good enough.

Tuesday evening’s 51-35 win over Cedar Creek moved the Crusaders to the brink of clinching their first-ever outright Cape-Atlantic United Conference championship after the program tied for the title in each of the last two seasons. The United Conference was first created in 2011-12 when the CAL changed from a two- to a three-conference alignment.

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Olson nets 1000th point on Senior Night, dad's birthday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 08:33 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There are quite a few ways a talented high school basketball player can score the 1,000th career point of his or her career.

Doing it on a technical free throw to start the second half of a game might not necessarily come to mind, but Alexis Olson was certainly glad to have the opportunity.

“I guess that’s just how it was supposed to come,” the senior from Cape May Tech said.

Olson sank two technical free throws for her 999th and 1,000th career points Tuesday evening after Pleasantville was penalized for entering a player into the game to start the second half that hadn’t previously been recorded in the official scorebook. The points were two of Olson’s game-high 17 in what was a more-difficult-than-it-should-have-been 47-41 win by the Lady Hawks over the Greyhounds.

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Emily Johnson makes college choice official

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 10, 2014 03:38 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Emily Johnson couldn’t contain her smile early Thursday afternoon.

The senior distance runner from Wildwood Catholic High School made her college choice official during a short ceremony at the school, inking a national letter of intent to attend Seton Hall University on a combined cross country and academic scholarship that will cover about 75 percent of the school’s annual tuition.

Members of the Wildwood Catholic senior class, underclassmen and coaches from the cross country and track teams, teachers, school administrators and members of her family were on hand with Johnson to celebrate the moment.

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Big games, coach’s return, milestones highlight early-week hoops slate

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:15 pm

Lauren Holden will be honored for breaking the Lower Cape May girls basketball scoring record The first few days of this week are filled with significant local high school basketball action, a slate that includes games with huge conference race implications as well as the celebrations of a couple of milestones.

On Monday, Middle Township and Ocean City will face off in both boys and girls action. The boys game, slated for 7 p.m. in Court House, is an important one in the race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic United Conference, which guarantees a berth in the CAL Playoff Tournament. The game will also mark the home return of Middle head coach Tom Feraco, who missed about five weeks after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Feraco did coach over the weekend in Middle’s loss to Cherry Hill West at the Shoot Down Cancer showcase event at St. Augustine Prep.

The Middle-Ocean City boys contest will air live on 98.7 FM radio.

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Boardwalk Hall date for Crest hockey player

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 07, 2014 03:06 pm

Sam Fitzpatrick has traveled far and wide during the course of his high school and club ice hockey career.

So it’s kind of ironic – but also rather convenient – that the Wildwood Crest resident will play the final regular-season home game of his career relatively close to home.

Fitzpatrick, a goaltender for the St. Augustine Prep hockey team, is expected to start when the Hermits host Gloucester Catholic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Fitzpatrick said. “Probably the best part about it is that our school’s going to bring a bunch of fans to the game. A lot of them aren’t able to go to our hockey games because they’re usually so far away, so to have a big amount of fans along with venue itself is going to be pretty amazing.”

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Big upcoming stretch for WCHS girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:27 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team has been considered the top team in the Cape-Atlantic League pretty much since the season began.

The Crusaders have led the CAL United Conference since the start and were unbeaten against New Jersey teams going into Wednesday’s game against Pleasantville (too late for this edition).

But all those accomplishments will be put to a severe test over the span over five days.

Wildwood Catholic, which sat at 14-2 overall, 7-0 in CAL United games entering midweek, is scheduled to play two huge league games against St. Joseph on Friday and Cedar Creek on Tuesday. In between, it’s another appearance at a high-level showcase event when the Crusaders face Toms River East at the War With The Shore at Mainland Saturday afternoon.

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Middle looking to make a run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:31 pm

ERMA – It’s been a rather up and down season for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team.

“Last week was a classic example,” interim head coach Rewi Thompson said. “We had a three-game stretch where it looked like the first two (against Bridgeton and Oakcrest) were winnable games and we didn’t win either one of them. Then the third game, against a talented Delsea team, we probably had that chalked up as a loss and somehow we win that game. We’re definitely searching for consistency.”

Middle held on to beat rival Lower Cape May, 40-37, Tuesday evening for its second straight victory, improving the team to 8-7 overall, 4-4 in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. The Panthers held a 14-point lead at the close of three quarters before Lower (5-11) rallied.

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Emily Johnson picks Seton Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:13 pm

The process of selecting a college for a coveted high school athlete can be rather tedious.

“The process of picking a school, there’s just so much to it,” Wildwood Catholic senior Emily Johnson said. “I had so many visits, two overnight visits, and I went to nine or 10 schools. All the emailing from coaches and unknown numbers calling your cell phone … It’s just such a relief to know where I’m going. I’m really excited.”

Johnson, one of the best female distance runners in Wildwood Catholic history, is going to Seton Hall. She is scheduled to sign a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. during a ceremony at Wildwood Catholic.

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