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Coleman's career game carries Wildwood to essential win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:39 pm

JAHNIRE COLEMAN WILDWOOD – On a night when the Wildwood High School boys basketball team desperately needed a victory, senior forward Jahnire Coleman more than did his part to make sure that happened.

Coleman posted a career high 32 points, tied a career high with 18 rebounds and recorded a career-best eight blocked shots to carry the Warriors to a 64-58 victory over Salem Thursday evening.

Coleman made 13 of 17 shots for the game and produced 15 of his points in the second quarter, when the Warriors (2-5) went ahead of Salem and never let the Rams (2-5) on top for the remainder of the game. Salem drew level on four occasions in the fourth quarter but never went ahead. Big baskets by Coleman and Gerald Gibbs in the final period made sure the Warriors never fell behind.

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McWade's intangibles fuel WC's good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:02 am

KEVIN McWADE NORTH WILDWOOD – One day just prior to the start of preseason practices, Kevin McWade was out enjoying a meal when someone set fire to his mood.

“A guy came up to me and said, ‘I’m a big supporter of Wildwood Catholic, but you guys are only going to win five games this year,’” McWade recalled.

McWade quickly passed those sentiments on to his fellow members in the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball program.

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OCHS wins battle of girls hoop rivals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 10:08 pm

Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald defends Middle Township's Ashley Ryan CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team may have just one holdover varsity player from last year’s team.

Ocean City also just so happens to be one of the best teams in South Jersey.

But, to the surprise of almost no one, the teams battled to the wire.

One of the Cape-Atlantic League’s top rivalries added another chapter to its lore Tuesday evening when upset-minded Middle Township gave the Raiders trouble for 3 ½ quarters before Ocean City pulled away for a 44-35 victory.

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Win sets up big CAL United game for Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 02:32 pm

RYAN LEGLER: 13 points vs. ACIT NORTH WILDWOOD – It’s only the first full week of January, so to say Wednesday evening’s contest at St. Joseph is a do-or-die game for the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team would be a complete overstatement.

But the contest is certainly important, given that the teams enter the contest with a combined record of 8-2 overall and are both unbeaten so far in Cape-Atlantic United Conference play.

“It’s a pretty big game,” Wildwood Catholic coach Dave DeWeese said. “And it’s going to be a war up there” in Hammonton.

Wildwood Catholic remained unblemished in United games after Monday’s dominating 71-44 victory over Atlantic County Institute of Technology. The hot-shooting Crusaders (6-1, 2-0) ran to a huge early lead by raining three-pointers on the Red Hawks, knocking down five in the first-quarter alone en route to a 21-2 lead.

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Catholic's win streak halted

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 30, 2014 06:08 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s five-game winning streak to start the season came to a crashing halt Tuesday afternoon.

The final score says the Crusaders lost by a respectable nine points to a 9-1 Lower Moreland (Pa.) team in the Frank McAlarnen Memorial Boys Bracket title game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. But in reality, the Crusaders were never in it from the start, scoring just nine first-half points en route to a 22-point halftime deficit in what turned out to be a 50-41 defeat.

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Crusaders lead from start to finish in Classic win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 29, 2014 02:10 pm

DJ SMITH: 11 points WILDWOOD – Excellent outside shooting and scoring balance were again part of the recipe in a victory by the Wildwood Catholic High School basketball team.

The Crusaders made 7 of 16 shots from three-point range and had four players score between seven and 11 points in a 49-37 victory over Conrad Sciences (Del.) in a first-round game in the Frank McAlarnen Memorial Boys Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Monday afternoon.

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Both Wildwood teams fall in bracket title games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 29, 2014 01:01 pm

MACKENZIE MCCRACKEN: 12 points WILDWOOD – Both of Wildwood High School’s basketball teams had chances to win championships at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic on Monday. Neither, however, could come away with a trophy.

The Warrior boys allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor for the second time in three games, as Ocean City made 18 of 34 tries in its 51-35 victory over Wildwood in the Bernie McCracken Memorial Boys Bracket title game.

Luciano Lubrano made 6 of 9 attempts from the floor and scored a game-high 16 points and Connor Laverty added 15 points and dealt five assists to pace the Raiders (3-2).

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Crusader girls shoot way to bracket title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 07:41 pm

WILDWOOD – Steve DiPatri watched Mastery Charter North out-rebound Delsea by 36-27 and force the Crusaders into 38 turnovers in its opening-round win in the Big Al Memorial Girls Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

So when DiPatri’s Wildwood Catholic team took on MCN in the bracket title game on Sunday, he knew rebounding and taking care of the ball would be paramount if his team were to have a chance to win.

The Crusaders were a bit sloppy at times with the ball – posting 24 turnovers – but they out-rebounded a more athletic MCN squad by 33-21 and made a torrid 15 of 28 shots from the floor on their way to a 48-29 victory.

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Middle falls to unbeaten team in bracket final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 05:05 pm

TRAI GREER: 16 points in loss WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School boys basketball team missed out on an opportunity for a signature early-season victory.

The Panthers, facing an unbeaten Germantown Friends (Pa.) team in the Chickie Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket championships game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Sunday afternoon, went the final seven-plus minutes without a field goal in a 40-35 defeat.

Trai Greer’s basket with 7:17 to play gave the Panthers a 31-30 lead but Middle managed only four free throws over the rest of the contest as the Tigers grabbed their 11th victory in as many games.

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Warriors gain first win at Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 03:31 pm

Wildwood's Trayvon Young goes up for a shot against Devon Prep WILDWOOD – Jahnire Coleman sat out the first half of the Wildwood High School boys basketball team’s first-round game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic after missing a practice due to family reasons.

But the 6-5 senior forward made a major impact on the game in his 16 minutes of play.

Coleman scored 16 points, claimed six rebounds and blocked three shots in his one half of action to help the Warriors rally from a four-point halftime deficit to win 44-35 over Devon Prep (Pa.) Sunday afternoon.

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Lower squanders chance in bracket title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 27, 2014 06:22 pm

WILDWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team was in good position for an upset and a bracket championship at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic early Saturday evening.

But after taking a 26-20 lead on Kevin Bryson’s basket with 3 minutes, 12 seconds to play, the Caper Tigers failed to score the rest of the game and lost, 28-26, to Montgomery Blair (Md.) in the Ernie Troiano Sr. Memorial Boys Bracket title game.

Montgomery Blair freshman Christian Flaherty drove through the lane and flipped in a layup with 2.6 seconds to play to account for the winning points.

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Middle rallies for gritty win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 27, 2014 03:08 pm

COREY GREER: 12 points in win WILDWOOD – Mastery Charter North’s Asa Ritchen made a field goal with 4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend his team’s lead over Middle Township to 24-12 in a Boardwalk Basketball Classic game Saturday afternoon.

Mastery Charter North went on to score only six more points.

Middle’s 18-4 run that spanned the last 4 ½ minutes of the third quarter and a little more than the first four minutes of the fourth was the difference in the contest as the Panthers rallied for a 34-30 victory in a first-round game in the William “Chickie” Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket.

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Big run catapults LCM to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 26, 2014 07:15 pm

SHANE SZUBSKI: 12 points WILDWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team played a rather ugly first half in its opening-round game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Friday evening.

But as dreadful as that first half was, the Caper Tigers put forth a beautiful five-minute stretch in the second half that led them to victory.

After trailing 14-11 at the half, 24-11 early in the third quarter and 28-20 early in the fourth period, Lower Cape May went on a game-deciding 16-0 run over the first five minutes of the fourth and ended up with a 44-41 victory over MaST Charter (Pa.).

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Lady Warriors breeze to BBC win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 26, 2014 02:47 pm

LEISHLY REYES WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team kept right on celebrating Christmas a day after the holiday.

The Lady Warriors, in the opening game of the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial Girls Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Friday afternoon, barely needed to break a sweat in an easy 59-16 victory over struggling Pleasantville.

Wildwood can claim the championship of the bracket with a win over Upper Merion (Pa.) on Monday.

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