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LCM pair to sign Letters of Intent today

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 08:52 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent to accept college athletic scholarships this morning (Wednesday).

McKeown, who is set to attend Temple for soccer, and Pennington, who has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s for baseball, will sign during a ceremony in the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education office located on the high school campus in Erma at 11 a.m.

McKeown is one of the best offensive players in Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer history. She finished her career with 90 career goals, ranking her among the top 10 in CAL history at the close of last season. She was a three-time first team National Conference all-star who led Lower to the 2013 CAL National Conference title, the program’s first-ever league championship.

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OCHS basketball teams make history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, February 04, 2014 09:58 pm

Ocean City High School's basketball teams were both part of history Tuesday night.

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Crusader comeback stuns Spirit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 01, 2014 09:33 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – All season, the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team has been trying to crash the party among the big boys of the Cape-Atlantic League.

Consider that party crashed.

The Crusaders stormed back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to nip Holy Spirit, 49-46, in a Battle by the Bay showcase game at Holy Spirit High School Saturday evening.

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WHS honors coaches here, gone and elsewhere

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:48 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School honored perhaps the three most famous coaches in school history Monday evening.

In front of a packed gymnasium in between games of a girl-boy doubleheader against Lower Cape May, Wildwood High School held a ceremony to retire the No. 22 worn by Frank Vogel during his high school basketball playing days at the school. Vogel never coached at Wildwood but is now doing so at the highest level of basketball in the world. He couldn’t make the ceremony; it seems he was across the country getting the Indiana Pacers team he coaches ready to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Cape Tech senior nears 1,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:40 pm

Alexis Olson was speaking specifically about her quest for 1,000 career points but she certainly said some words all of us can live by.

“I think of personally how much effort I put into this and that it’s an achievement I think I’ll only be able to look back at and say, ‘If I work hard at something, I know I can do it,’” she said. “And that could be anything in life.”

Olson is a 5-11 senior forward on the Cape May Tech girls basketball team. She stood 75 points away from becoming only the third player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point barrier entering games against Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph late this week.

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Big 2nd quarter sparks Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:35 pm

LCM's Ariel Magee drives on Wildwood's Monika McGrath WILDWOOD – When the Lower Cape May Regional and Wildwood high school girls basketball teams played one another last season, the contest went down to the wire, with the Lady Tigers winning on Jill Vandermark’s basket with less than 10 seconds to play.

There would be no need for such theatrics this time.

In a rather surprising result to the many who attended the game expecting to see another white-knuckle ride to the finish, Lower Cape May took most of the drama out of Monday evening’s contest when it outscored the Lady Warriors 26-9 in the second quarter in what ended as a 67-44 victory. The game was played as the front end of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools.

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Monica Johnson: ‘I had fun playing the game’

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 08:02 am

WILDWOOD – She was almost always the best player whenever she stepped on the court to play a basketball game. She played in front of huge crowds – crowds that boys teams from many schools would envy – and played the game not with fear but with flair.

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Monday hoops features boy-girl DH, number retirement, completion of suspended game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 27, 2014 08:42 am

Mondays are usually a relatively slow night for local high school basketball. But not this particular Monday.

A local girl-boy doubleheader, a number retirement ceremony and the completion of a suspended key league game highlight tonight’s slate.

For starters, Lower Cape May will travel to Wildwood for a girl-boy doubleheader. The girls game is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. and features a 4-7 Lady Tiger team against an 8-2 Lady Warrior club that has won five straight games. The contest includes two of the top offensive players in South Jersey in Lower’s Lauren Holden and Wildwood’s Jess Freeman. Holden, a junior guard, is averaging approximately 27 points per game while Freeman, a senior guard/forward, is scoring close to 22 point per outing.

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LCM's Damiana scores major wrestling upset

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:26 pm

Cory Damiana has been enjoying an outstanding senior season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School wrestling team. Any wrestling fans that hadn't noticed just yet sure will now.

During his team's appearance at the Moorestown Duals on Saturday, Damiana upset Matt Correnti of Holy Cross, 6-5, in a 195-pound match. Correnti was considered the No. 1 wrestler in the state in the weight class entering the weekend according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The sophomore placed eighth in the state at 182 pounds as a freshman last season.

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Suspended boys hoops game to resume Monday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 24, 2014 01:42 pm

The completion of the suspended high school boys basketball game between St. Joseph and Wildwood Catholic will take place Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at Wildwood Catholic, Crusader athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced early Friday afternoon.

The contest, held Thursday evening, was suspended by game officials at halftime due to slick floor conditions that caused some players and one of the referees to slip and fall at various points of the first half.

The game will resume with St. Joseph holding an 18-16 lead.

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Doug Colman to coach in NFL

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, January 24, 2014 12:48 am

The Gazette has learned that Doug Colman, the All-South Jersey football player at Ocean City High School and championship coach at Absegami, will be named assistant special teams coach with the Houston Texans by new head coach Bill O’Brien.

The Texans have not formally announced the signing but Coastal Carolina, where Colman had been linebackers and special teams coach, announced Colman’s move on its website. Ironically, Colman is being replaced at Coastal Carolina by Ryan Goodman, an Absegami graduate who played for Colman his senior year.

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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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