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March 14, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Cedar Creek's quest for a state championship ended Wednesday night, as Manasquan defeated the Pirates, 65-48, in a state Group 2 girls' basketball semifinal at Williamstown. Casey Thomas scored 16 points to lead Cedar Creek, which fell behind by 11-4 after one quarter. Mikila Stefanski added 11 points. Manasquan 11 15 21 18 - 65 Cedar Creek 4 14 18 12 - 48 M: Stella Clark 4, Bridget Ford 6, Courtney Hagaman 13, Marina Mabrey 30, Addie Masonius 3, Samantha Sullivan 9. CC: Fatima Blackwell 4, Jahneice Jaffe 4, Mercina Stefanski 5, Morgan Stefanski 8, Mikila Stefanski 11, Casey Thomas 16.   rallysports@phillynews.com
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March 11, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Think about some of the obvious issues that might arise for a program in its second varsity season: Team chemistry, building a fan base, winning games. The Cedar Creek girls' basketball team, just as it has done in the group playoffs, bulldozed through every one of those. It would be nice to say the team has created a blueprint for young programs to follow - in many ways, that might be true. But there are certain aspects of the Pirates, who will play for a Group 1 title at 6 p.m. Sunday against Whippany Park at Toms River's Pine Belt Arena, that aren't easily replicated.
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March 8, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
Two days after securing the first sectional sports title of any kind in school history, the Cedar Creek girls' basketball team earned the right to play for a state championship, with a 54-42 win over Metuchen on Thursday in an NJSIAA State Group 1 semifinal at Williamstown. The Pirates (25-4), in just their second varsity season, made themselves at home by sailing out to a commanding 16-4 lead. Junior Kristine Miller and sophomore sisters Mercina and Mikila Stefanski each scored 13 points, but as usual it was the Cedar Creek defense that ruled the night.
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November 18, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Everything is new for Cedar Creek football. And the winning isn't getting old. "I've never been part of a winning program before," Cedar Creek quarterback Damon "Doo-wop" Mitchell said. "It's kind of surreal. But it shows how hard we've worked. " Mitchell, a Georgia Tech recruit, played a part in all five touchdowns Saturday as Cedar Creek beat Cinnaminson, 34-7, in the first round of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Mitchell ran for three touchdowns and passed for two as second-seeded Cedar Creek improved to 9-0. Mitchell and senior running back Gary Melton Jr. led the way as Cedar Creek, a three-year-old school and second-year varsity program, won in imposing fashion in the school's first football playoff game.
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February 12, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
For most of the Willingboro girls' basketball team, the idea seemed a bit odd: Practice on a Sunday - and on the morning of a game day, no less. "That was the first time we've ever had practice before a game," junior center Gabby Bennett said. "But we didn't mind; we knew she couldn't run us too much. " Chimeras coach Marchelle Coleman used the time to detail a plan for Sunday night's matchup with a sharpshooting Cedar Creek squad in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament at Eastern.
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January 15, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The chants from the Cedar Creek bench, all directed toward forward Kristine Miller, were constant throughout the game: "Pump fake. Pump fake. " When Miller finally obliged her team, midway through the fourth quarter, the results were predictable. She faked once, and as she went up for a shot her 6-foot-3 counterpart was almost leapfrogging her. Miller somehow converted a layup while drawing the foul. It was symbolic of the matchup between Miller and Sacred Heart's Kennedy Johnson: a physical, aggressive showdown between two big, highly talented players.
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March 6, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
The Cedar Creek girls' basketball program celebrated its first sectional title on Tuesday, when the top-seeded Pirates routed No. 3 seed Gloucester, 66-29, in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game. Kristine Miller led the way with 18 points and Mercina Stefanski knocked down three three-point shots in scoring 17, as Cedar Creek capped a dominant three-game run through the tournament. Utilizing a man-to-man defense, Cedar Creek ran out to a 15-4 lead and expanded the advantage to 27-10 by intermission.
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March 11, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - There was a moment during pregame warm-ups when the Cedar Creek girls' basketball team collectively paused and smiled. "We are," a voice yelled through the relatively quiet Pine Belt Arena stands, catching the team's attention. "Cedar Creek," was the emphatic response from the sizable student section in the bleachers behind the basket. And so it went - four times - a rally cry for a program still in its infancy. A tone-setter, a symbol of the atmosphere the Pirates (26-4)
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May 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The field for the 41st Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic will be announced Sunday night. Haddonfield, St. Augustine, Pennsville, and Northern Burlington appear to have locked up automatic bids. Gloucester Catholic has no chance of one. The Rams, who were moved from the Tri-County's Diamond Division to the Royal for the purposes of the Diamond Classic's automatic-bid arrangement, won't play the minimum of six "division" games before the cutoff. But the Rams, who rose to No. 3 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings after Sunday's 11-1 win over then-No.
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March 14, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Cedar Creek's quest for a state championship ended Wednesday night, as Manasquan defeated the Pirates, 65-48, in a state Group 2 girls' basketball semifinal at Williamstown. Casey Thomas scored 16 points to lead Cedar Creek, which fell behind by 11-4 after one quarter. Mikila Stefanski added 11 points. Manasquan 11 15 21 18 - 65 Cedar Creek 4 14 18 12 - 48 M: Stella Clark 4, Bridget Ford 6, Courtney Hagaman 13, Marina Mabrey 30, Addie Masonius 3, Samantha Sullivan 9. CC: Fatima Blackwell 4, Jahneice Jaffe 4, Mercina Stefanski 5, Morgan Stefanski 8, Mikila Stefanski 11, Casey Thomas 16.   rallysports@phillynews.com
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March 12, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Leading by just four points at the break, Shawnee used a strong second half to roll past visiting fifth-seeded Lenape, 57-37 in the South Jersey Group 4 girls' basketball final. Nikola Williams paced the third-seeded Renegades with 22 points and six rebounds.   SJ Group 2 Final Cedar Creek ran past Middle Township in the fourth quarter en route to a 56-50 win over the No. 4 Panthers. The third-seeded Pirates outscored Mainland, 25-15, in the final frame to clinch the title.
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March 10, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olivia Askin scored 13 points as Shawnee came from behind at No. 2 Rancocas Valley and stunned the defending state champions, 39-36, in a South Jersey Group 4 girls' basketball semifinal Saturday night. Nikola Williams added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the third-seeded Renegades.   S.J. Group 2 semifinals Lauryn Fields had 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals to help fourth-seeded Middle Township drop No. 1 Deptford, 49-27, on the road. Cedar Creek 64, Lower Cape May 39: Casey Thomas scored 14 for host No. 3 Cedar Creek, which held No. 7 Lower Cape May to 14 second-half points.
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December 24, 2013 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two boys' basketball comebacks highlighted Sunday's Ocean City PBA Tip-Off. St. Joseph's Charlie Riccardi hit a three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime to secure a 61-58 victory over Shawnee. Michael Gaines sank a free throw with 4.7 seconds left to clinch Cedar Creek's 55-54 win over Willingboro. Girls' basketball Gabby Dudo drilled a three-pointer with 1 minute, 7 seconds to go and put St. Joseph up for good in a 37-36 victory over Shawnee at the Ocean City PBA Tip-Off.
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November 17, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at three football games on Saturday, all starting at 1 o'clock. No. 5 seed Glassboro (3-5) at No. 4 seed Paulsboro (7-1) in South Jersey Group 1 quarterfinals. The visiting Bulldogs are a dangerous team with a top running back in junior Ronnie James, who has 10 touchdowns. The Red Raiders have a strong defense led by senior tackle Nyire Grant and an explosive running back in junior De'Shaun Burgess (1,111 yards, 16 touchdowns). Pick: Paulsboro, 21-14. No. 7 Woodbury (5-3)
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November 10, 2013
SOCCER SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 4 QUARTERFINALS Cherry Hill West 1, Kingsway 0 (2 OT): Nick Krake scored 1 minute, 25 seconds into double overtime to lead the No. 10-seeded Lions to an upset of second-seed Kingsway. Krake scored by heading a direct kick from Devin Crouch. Clearview 1, Cherokee 0: Ricky Nelson stopped all 10 shots he faced to guide No. 3 Clearview over the sixth-seeded Chiefs. The lone goal came from Gavin Bright in the first half off an assist by Jon Cianciulli.
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November 6, 2013 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashley Shisler sneaked a shot beneath the right crossbar five minutes into the second half, and the Deptford defense did the rest in a 1-0 upset victory at No. 7 Cedar Creek in the first round of the South Jersey Group 2 girls' soccer playoffs Monday. Rachel Minix backed the 10th-seeded Spartans' defense with 13 saves. S.J. Group 3 Mainland moved Amanda Tobias up from defense and the senior did not disappoint, knocking in the first three goals of her career in a 4-2 home victory for the No. 7 Mustangs over No. 10 Triton.
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