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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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Boardwalk Classic begins today

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 26, 2014 10:14 am

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic returns for a 17th consecutive year beginning today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Billed as the nation’s largest single-venue coed high school basketball tournament, the event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 30 and mostly features boys and girls teams competing in two-game four-team brackets, plus one high-level showcase game, on two different courts in the spacious facility.

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Crusaders sizzle against Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:14 pm

Wildwood Catholic celebrates its win over rival Wildwood WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School basketball team scored nearly 70 points Tuesday evening in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game.

Remarkably, no Crusader player took more than six shots from the floor.

Wildwood Catholic shot a sizzling 26 for 40 from the floor (65 percent) and an even better 6 for 9 on three-point shots (66.7 percent) in a surprisingly easy 68-40 victory over Wildwood.

The contest was part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic’s Battle at the Boards seven-game showcase event.

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Rulon's career best carries Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:56 pm

OLIVIA RULON WILDWOOD – The Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high school girls basketball teams each employed junk defenses in an attempt to neutralize each other’s stars Tuesday evening.

Wildwood Catholic had much more success against Wildwoods than Wildwood did against Catholic’s.

Despite playing against a diamond-and-one defense to start the game, Olivia Rulon poured in a career-best 31 points and claimed 13 rebounds to pace the Crusaders to a convincing 57-31 win over the Lady Warriors in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

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Holden, Gibson light it up for Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Madie Gibson (left) and Lauren Holden combined for 72 points in LCM's win WILDWOOD – Tuesday’s game between Lower Cape May and Burlington City at the Wildwoods Convention Center pitted the two highest scorers in South Jersey high school basketball last season against one another.

Lower Cape May’s Lauren Holden and Burlington City’s Jada Atchison certainly did not disappoint in the Battle at the Boards showcase game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

Holden scored a remarkable 45 points, her career high, and Atchison poured in 37 points to lead their respective teams, but Lower Cape May also got a career-best 27 points from Madie Gibson and pulled away for an 81-69 victory.

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Current-area Cape-Atlantic League Fall All-Stars

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 23, 2014 04:05 pm

allCAL1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek lineman Trey Blackwell gets himself pumped up at halftime of a game against Bridgeton. With the winter high school sports season now in full gear, let’s take a few moments to look back at the stars of the fall season. Here’s a list of the Current-areaCape Atlantic League Fall All-Stars as selected by CAL coaches.

Football

American Conference

First team offense: Noah Lyles, Atlantic City OL; Thomas McGrail, Egg Harbor Township, OL; Douglas DeBerry, Atlantic City, WR; Jamir Prevard, Atlantic City, QB; Mike Juliano, Mainland, K

First team defense: Vance Cottrell, Mainland, DL; Victor O’Farriel, EHT, DB; Aaron Jackson, Atlantic City, DB; Javier Lora, Atlantic City, P; Angelo Branca, EHT, DL

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Mainland, Ocean City split Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, December 23, 2014 03:28 pm

mainOC1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland's Shea Scannell (10) passes to teammate Melanie Malcolm as Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald defends. OCEAN CITY - The 17th annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend concluded on Sunday, Dec. 21 with the Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader between Ocean City and Mainland Regional high schools.

Fittingly, in honor of a man who had one foot on either side of Great Egg Harbor Bay, the end result was a split.

The Ocean City girls beat Mainland Regional 47-29 in the first game of the doubleheader.

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Big Warrior comeback falls short

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 02:02 pm

OCEAN CITY – If there was a way to toss aside the first quarter, the Wildwood High School boys basketball team probably would have beaten Pleasantville Sunday afternoon, perhaps by a rather comfortable margin.

Obviously that can’t be done, though, and the Warriors, despite a valiant comeback, wound up on the short end of a 70-65 decision in overtime in the game played at the Ocean City PBA Tip-Off Weekend showcase event.

Wildwood missed each of its first seven free-throw attempts and played porous first-quarter defense as the Greyhounds rushed out to a 25-13 lead. Pleasantville eventually went ahead by as much as 16 points in the second quarter before the Warriors began to chip away. Wildwood outscored Pleasantville by 46-33 over the second through fourth quarters and got a Gerald Gibbs 23-foot three-pointer with two seconds to go to force overtime. Wildwood even held a one-point lead at one stage of the extra session by the Greyhounds finished the game on an 8-2 spurt to win.

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Balanced Crusaders off to good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 02:00 pm

OCEAN CITY – We’ve learned through the team’s first two games that there are no superstars on the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team.

But we’ve also learned that the Crusaders seem to have quite a few good players.

Take the team’s scoring statistics, for example.

Wildwood Catholic had no player score in double figures during its season-opening win over Buena on Friday. And at Saturday’s Ocean City PBA Tip-Off Weekend game against Vineland, the Crusaders had six players score at least seven points.

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