March 14, 2014 |
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2012 |
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.
March 8, 2012 |
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.
November 18, 2012 |
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.
February 12, 2013 |
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.
March 6, 2012 |
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.
March 11, 2012 |
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)