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D.J.’s dagger lifts Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:44 pm

DJ SMITH NORTH WILDWOOD – With 25 seconds remaining in overtime and point guard Kevin McWade dribbling at the top of the key, Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach Dave DeWeese yelled, “One shot!” from the sideline.

But only nine seconds later, D.J. Smith raised up for a left corner three-point attempt.

“I know I said, ‘One shot,’ but when he let it go, I said, ‘That’s the one,’” DeWeese said with a laugh.

Smith’s three-pointer, his second of the overtime session, accounted for the winning points as the Crusaders slipped past St. Joseph, 62-59, in an important Cape-Atlantic United Conference game Tuesday evening.

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Prep wilts Middle, 62-42

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 16, 2015 10:11 pm

The MTHS CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It wasn’t a good spot for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team Friday evening, playing one of the best teams in South Jersey without one of its most important players.

The results showed.

St. Augustine Prep, ranked among the top five teams in the region in most media polls, methodically pulled away from Middle from the late stages of the first quarter forward and went on to post a 62-42 victory that placed the Hermits in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

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Baseball All-America game for WHS soph

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:29 pm

BRENDAN BEAN Wildwood High School sophomore Brendan Bean will participate in the Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament this weekend in Mesa, Ariz.

Bean, a left handed pitcher and first baseman, has been chosen to compete for the Atlantic team at the event, which includes some of the top high school baseball players in the country. The Atlantic team will play a series of games against other Under Armour All-America teams representing other regions across the country at the event.

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Warriors showing signs of life

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:11 pm

WILDWOOD – It was a miserable start to the season for the Wildwood High School boys basketball team.

The Warriors won just one of their first six games, trying to find their way while beginning the season without last year’s leading scorer, who is not eligible to play.

But now that Wildwood has jumped into Tri-County Classic Division play, the team is starting to show some signs of life. And with a major reinforcement on the way, the Warriors are hoping to make a bit of a run going forward.

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LCM grad has Division III Nittany Lions roaring

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:03 pm

STEPHANIE AGGER-CARIDEO When Stephanie Agger-Carideo entered high school, she helped change the culture of the Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball program, the crafty combination guard guiding it to 36 victories over her final two seasons, including a 20-9 finish during her senior year in 2007-08.

Fast forward seven years later, and Agger-Carideo is performing the same feat as a college basketball coach.

Now in her second season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at Division III Penn State-Abington, Agger-Carideo has taken a formerly downtrodden Nittany Lion program to much greater heights. They’ve roared to an 8-1 start to the season, 5-0 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference following Tuesday’s victory over Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Humble Holden on brink of 2K at Lower Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 09:58 pm

LAUREN HOLDEN Try as you might, you’ll have a hard time getting Lauren Holden to talk about herself.

It’s always about the team and always about winning.

And it’s never about putting attention on herself

“She doesn’t like to talk about herself because she’s so humble,” said Ariel Magee, Holden’s teammate on the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team. “She never talks about how many points she scores. She scores her points kind of quietly because of the way she plays. After the game, we find out she had 40 and none of us even had an idea. She’s such a team player that all she wants to do is win. It’s almost like the points don’t matter as long as we win.”

The points, though, are going to matter soon.

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Lady Tigers find a way without their star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 13, 2015 09:51 am

MADIE GIBSON: 14 points ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team was without its best player and scored a grand total of zero field goals and two points in the fourth quarter against Middle Township Monday night.

And found a way to win.

With Lauren Holden sidelined with an ankle injury sustained in practice one day earlier, the Lady Tigers produced just enough offense and played solid defense throughout to post a 33-30 victory that kept them unbeaten both overall (9-0) and in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference (3-0).

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Caron, Middle run past Lower Cape

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 12, 2015 10:08 pm

MARY CARON: 17 points, 7 rebounds CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Bryson sank a three-pointer very early in the second quarter to lift the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team into a 7-7 tie with Middle Township.

The Panthers would go on to score 27 of the next 29 points, including 18 in succession to turn that close game into a rout.

Behind Marty Caron’s 17 points and seven rebounds and a stifling defense that kept Lower scoreless for more than nine minutes of game time, Middle rolled to a 52-25 victory over its county rival Monday evening.

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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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