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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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Frosh's late FT helps WCHS to big win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:56 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball coach Steve DiPatri called it “game six of a 26-game regular season.” But he’s also in tune that Tuesday’s night victory was still rather significant.

Freshman forward Danielle Sanderlin sank a free throw with 3.4 seconds to play to lift the Crusaders to a 39-38 win over St. Joseph in a key Cape-Atlantic United Conference game.

With the score tied, Sanderlin rebounded a teammate’s missed shot in the lane and was fouled. She missed the first foul shot, took a few deep breaths during a Crusader timeout in between shots and then calmly sank the second to give her team the lead. St. Joe wasn’t able to get off a potential game-winning shot prior to the buzzer.

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Freeman plays -- and succeeds -- despite pain

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:50 pm

Jessica Freeman is in pain.

You can see it each time she takes a bump while gathering a rebound, each time she’s knocked to the deck while driving to the basket and each time she stands alone at the free throw line.

The senior scoring machine from Wildwood High School is suffering from a herniated disc in her lower back. She also was born with an extra vertebra in her lower back. The conditions are causing debilitating lower back and upper leg pain.

“I have so much wrong down there I can’t even describe it,” Freeman says.

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Grand moment for Lauren Holden

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:42 pm

ERMA – Lauren Holden is a bit uncomfortable with the attention her talent for playing basketball has gotten her over the past few years.

“She’s a shy girl,” Lower Cape May girls basketball coach Scott Douglass said. “She doesn’t really like all the accolades.”

On Tuesday, the Lady Tiger junior guard couldn’t help being center of attention heading into her team’s game with Middle Township. She entered the contest 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

“I’m not going to lie,” Holden said with a laugh. “Earlier this morning and all day I was nervous.”

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Aaron Bogushefsky - Ocean City Sportsperson of the Year

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 08, 2014 03:41 pm

Aaron Bogushefsky When Aaron Bogushefsky talked about his goals as a coach, he said he wanted people in the South Jersey soccer community to pay attention to Ocean City again.

He knows about that. He played on back-to-back state championship teams in 1999 and 2000.

This year he guided his OCHS boys soccer team to a 19-4-2 record and a South Jersey Group 3 championship, the first since 2007.

This was Bogushefsky’s fifth season as head coach. His teams have won 42 games the last three seasons and reached the South Jersey final twice.

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OCHS teams split with Hammonton in basketball

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 08, 2014 12:42 am

basketball Ocean City High School's basketball teams split games with Hammonton Tuesday night.

The OCHS girls defeated the Blue Devils, 56-31, at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium. Taylor Price, Nicole Piergross and Olivia Briggs each scored 11 points for the Raiders, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Meanwhile, in Hammonton, the Ocean City boys (2-3) let a 12-point lead get away and lost, 49-48, when Hammonton sophomore Josh Troche hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left. It was his fourth three-pointer of the game. The Raiders were set up to win the game but made only two of their final six free throws. Griffin Grimes and Connor Laverty each had 14 points.

Both basketball teams play Oakcrest on Friday, the boys at home in a game broadcast on 98.7-The Coast and the girls in Mays Landing. Wednesday night in the Dixie Howell gym, the OCHS wrestlers will host Cedar Creek.

Look for more details on these contests in the next edition of The Gazette.

 

   

Greer, Troiano to enter South Jersey hoops Hall of Fame

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 06, 2014 10:19 pm

Two of the biggest names in Cape May County high school basketball history are set to receive a major honor next month.

Former Middle Township High School star LaMarr Greer and longtime Wildwood High School girls basketball coach Dave Troiano will be among the honorees when the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame inducts the latest class into its Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday is big night in local HS hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 06, 2014 06:50 pm

Past history would say that there haven’t been too many “big” nights in local high school basketball this early in the season. lauren holden

But Tuesday, Jan. 7 could be just that as many of the games feature noteworthy storylines.

For starters, Lower Cape May and Middle Township will renew their longstanding rivalry, with the boys playing in Cape May Court House and the girls in Erma. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

There is extra significance to the girls game, as Lower Cape May’s Lauren Holden enters the contest 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career. The dynamic junior point guard would become the first female basketball player in school history to reach the milestone prior to her senior year.

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Crusaders win thriller over Wood in 2OT

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 31, 2013 02:24 pm

WILDWOOD – George Cook dove on the floor for a loose ball, wrestled it away from an opponent and flipped a pass to Malcolm Darby for a wide-open layup with 17 seconds remaining in the game.

It was the kind of play that epitomized the effort of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team in one of its biggest victories in years.

The Crusaders, competing against powerhouse Archbishop Wood of the Philadelphia Catholic League, got major contributions from a variety of players in the thrilling 79-74 win in double overtime in a showcase game that closed the 67-game Boardwalk Basketball Classic Monday evening.

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Freeman ties FT record as WHS wins bracket

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 30, 2013 05:03 pm

WILDWOOD – In theory, every victory by a sports team means the same. In reality, there are some that are more special than others.

Such was the case Monday afternoon at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, in which the Wildwood High School girls basketball team won a bracket championship named in memory of a former standout Lady Warrior athlete.

Wildwood made just nine field goals but shot a sizzling 21 for 24 as a team from the foul line in posting a 41-37 victory over Friends Central (Pa.) to win the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial Girls Bracket championship.

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