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State tournament seedings released for hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:51 pm

Grace Sacco and the OCHS girls basketball team have earned the top seed for the South Jersey Group III Tournament Seedings for the high school boys and girls basketball state tournament were released today by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The tournament begins on Monday, March 2.

The following is a look at the seedings for the teams from Cape May County:

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WCHS granted waiver, will be in CAL tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 11, 2015 02:36 pm

Wildwood Catholic High School The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team will be able to participate in the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament later this month.

The team has been granted a waiver by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to play a potential 27th game should the team advance to the CAL title game, according to WCHS athletic director Sal Zuccarello.

Wildwood Catholic will have played 24 games by the time its regular season comes to a close next week. The CAL has strongly suggested that each of its teams schedule only 23 regular-season games in order not to go past the 26-game limit mandated by the NJSIAA should it advance to the title game of the eight-team tournament.

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Middle takes down rival for first time in 14 years

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:11 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A pair of dramatic last-second wins by two freshmen in consecutive bouts helped the Middle Township High School wrestling team do something for the first time since 2001 Monday evening.

Austin Comiskey’s takedown at the buzzer of overtime at 182 pounds and Dom Arizzi’s escape and takedown in the last 12 seconds of the final period at 195 pounds were among the highlights as Middle downed Lower Cape May, 47-26, for its first victory over its county rival in 14 seasons.

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CAL, NJSIAA probing Crusaders’ schedule

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 10, 2015 09:58 pm

There’s a chance the 2014 Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff champion may not have the opportunity to defend its crown.

According to multiple sources, officials from the Cape-Atlantic League and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association are scheduled to further discuss on Wednesday a scheduling issue that has arisen with the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team.

Wildwood Catholic will have played 24 games by the time its regular season comes to a close next week. The CAL has strongly suggested that each of its teams schedule only 23 regular-season games in order not to go past the 26-game limit mandated by the NJSIAA should it advance to the title game of the eight-team tournament.

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LCM star signs with Monmouth

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 09, 2015 02:30 pm

Madie Gibson signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Monmouth University Madie Gibson, likely to go down as one of the best all-around athletes in the history of Lower Cape May Regional High School, made her college choice official Monday afternoon.

Gibson signed a National Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship offer to play soccer at Division I Monmouth University at a ceremony that included members of her family, coaches and school administrators.

“I’m relieved and excited at the same time, knowing I’m going to play for a college and not having to worry about looking at schools anymore,” Gibson said. “I’m excited to play in college altogether because I know it’s a really big honor to have that chance. I know I have to work hard, even harder than I have before.”

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Crusaders can't finish off Eastern

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 07:18 pm

Trey Smith scored 25 points in Wildwood Catholic's OT loss to Eastern. RICHLAND – Trey Smith’s three-point shot with two seconds remaining forced overtime for the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team against Eastern at the Shoot Down Cancer showcase event at St. Augustine Prep Sunday afternoon.

But Smith’s basket only masked the events leading up to the dramatic end of regulation.

The Crusaders squandered a six-point lead over the final 2 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter and wound up losing in overtime, 66-62, for its second straight close loss against two of South Jersey’s better teams.

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LCM coach earns 100th win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 01:04 pm

Lower coach Scott Douglass (with ball) celebrates his 100th career victory with his team LINWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball may have been playing a 6-10 Colts Neck team at the War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional on Saturday, but the Lady Tiger coaching staff was very concerned about the quality of the opponent it was facing.

That’s because Colts Neck hails from one of the most difficult divisions in the massive Shore Conference and had recently battled state power Neptune to a one-point loss.

The coaching staff’s apprehension was certainly warranted after a first half that saw the Lady Tigers leading by just three at 19-16, as Lower failed to get its offense going for much of the half, especially in the second quarter.

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Third-quarter run sends WC to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 12:43 pm

LINWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team found itself trailing Manchester Township by four points early in the third quarter of its War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional High School Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders, however, went on to score 11 straight points to build a seven-point lead and never led by less than five points the rest of the way in a 35-27 victory.

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Road-weary Lady Panthers fall late

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 08:37 am

LINWOOD – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team hasn’t played a home game since Jan. 22.

Saturday’s contest against Central Regional in the War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional High School represented the team’s seventh straight away or neutral-court game. So it was easy to understand why Middle coach John Leahy wasn’t all that upset after his team’s 32-28 loss.

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Feraco earns his place

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 04, 2015 03:16 pm

MIKE FERACO CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Tom Feraco sat in the stands when the younger of his two sons, Mike, participated in an eighth-grade basketball all-star game nearly four years ago.

“Whew,” the elder Feraco said. “He’s got a long way to go.”

These days, it’s obvious that Mike Feraco has traveled that long road very well.

Mike has been one of the biggest surprises, especially in recent games, for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team coached by his father. Last week, he netted a career-high 20 points in a win over Millville. On Friday, in a game Middle absolutely had to have in order to stay in solid contention for the Cape-Atlantic League playoffs, Mike made an impressive seven three-point shots and scored another career high in points with 30 in an overtime win over Bridgeton. And on Monday, after a scoreless first half, he posted 14 second-half points in another win over Ocean City.

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LCM standout makes college pick

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 04, 2015 02:58 pm

ARIEL MAGEE One of the top all-around female high school athletes in the area has made her college selection.

Senior Ariel Magee, a standout soccer, basketball and softball player at Lower Cape May, has verbally committed to play softball at Division II Chestnut Hill College.

Magee announced her decision via Twitter late Tuesday evening.

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New baseball coach at LCMR

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 03, 2015 09:56 pm

NICK CORE Lower Cape May Regional High School has a new head baseball coach.

Nick Core, a teacher at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families in Cape May Court House, was recently hired to take over the position, which became available when Mike Kuemmerle resigned last June. Kuemmerle went 124-139 over his 11 seasons and led the Caper Tigers to the 2005 Cape-Atlantic League championship.

Core, 24, was a standout player at Gloucester Catholic High School, graduating in 2009, and later played for four years at Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham, where he finished his career tied for second all-time in career home runs with 19. He hit .309 with 18 RBI as a senior in 2013.

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Coleman, Warriors upset Gloucester Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 03, 2015 09:12 pm

Jahnire Coleman posted 22 points and 12 rebounds in Wildwood's upset win over Gloucester Catholic WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys basketball program earned perhaps its biggest regular-season victory in seven years Tuesday evening.

The Warriors used a monster second quarter and held off a late Gloucester Catholic surge to pull into a first-place tie in the loss column with the Rams in the Tri-County Classic Division with a 58-57 upset victory.

Gloucester Catholic had entered the contest ranked among the top 20 teams in South Jersey in media polls.

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Rulon gets career high, passes 1K

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:12 am

Olivia Rulon scored the 1000th point of her career in Wildwood Catholic's win over Buena NORTH WILDWOOD – After the game, it seemed that Olivia Rulon posed for more pictures than she has scored career points.

That would be a lot of pictures, though. More than 1,000.

Rulon, a senior guard, became the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program’s latest 1,000-point scorer when she netted a basket early in the second quarter of a 68-30 rout of Buena Friday night.

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