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)
March 13, 2012 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Mikila Stefanski talked about how kids she doesn't even know hug her in the middle of the Cedar Creek hallways. Teachers have started rounds of applause when the players walk into class. Kristine Miller recalled the police escort the Pirates got back to the Egg Harbor City school after winning Sunday's Group 1 title game. "Not even kidding, that was borderline the best day of my life," she said. It's often said that losing is a learning experience.
February 6, 2013 |
Shortly after his junior season at Cedar Creek, Damon Mitchell received his first scholarship offer. It was from Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights wanted him to play safety for them. Fourteen months later, after a sensational senior season and more than 20 other offers, Mitchell has circled back to Rutgers - although much has changed about the football program at the state university and the nature of the Scarlet Knights' pursuit of the 6-3, 205-pound athlete. Mitchell, a first-team all-South Jersey Inquirer selection, appears to have narrowed his college choices to Rutgers and Arkansas.
January 30, 2013 |
Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell has decided to make an official recruiting visit this weekend to Arkansas. The surprising development - Mitchell has committed to Georgia Tech - could have an interesting side effect: Rutgers could emerge as a destination for the first-team all-South Jersey athlete. Mitchell, who ran for 22 touchdowns and passed for 21 in leading Cedar Creek to a 10-2 record and the South Jersey Group 2 title game, said he made the decision after a home visit by Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on Sunday.
December 2, 2012 |
Gary Melton hit the end zone four times for Cedar Creek to lead the second-seeded Pirates to a 41-3 victory over Willingboro in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal Saturday. Damon Mitchell impacted the game on both sides of the ball. He threw for three touchdowns, ran in another score on a double reverse, and returned an interception to the Chimeras' 5-yard line. Non-Public Group 1 Anthony Giagunto threw for two touchdowns as St. Joseph rolled past visiting Hudson Catholic, 72-0, in the semifinals.
February 28, 2013 |
Fortunately for the fourth-seeded Sterling girls' basketball team, Tyra Satchell saved her best for the second half. The Silver Knights trailed by three points at the break to fifth-seeded Cedar Creek, but Satchell poured in 18 of her 26 points after halftime in a 61-50 win in a South Jersey Group 2 quarterfinal Wednesday night. The senior point guard also dished out five assists and went a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. Fellow senior Tori Shinkowitz netted a career-high 12 points.
January 19, 2013 |
Every time Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick baffled NFL defenses with their legs as well as their arms, Damon Mitchell looked more like a quarterback. Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior at Cedar Creek, committed to Georgia Tech on a football scholarship in July because the Atlantic Coast Conference program was the only team to recruit him as a quarterback. Every other college projected him as a defensive back. That changed after Mitchell ran for 21 touchdowns and passed for 22 in leading Cedar Creek to a 10-2 record - and maybe after those mobile quarterbacks took the NFL by storm.
April 11, 2012 |
Cedar Creek's first-year varsity softball program celebrated its initial win in dominant fashion on Wednesday, when the Pirates bombarded host Bridgeton, 19-0, in the Cape-Atlantic League. Angela Hood tripled and drove in five runs, and Amanda Fletcher contributed a double, a triple, and three RBIs in support of winning pitcher Cheyenne Meyer. In another Cape-Atlantic clash, Brittany Scott tossed a four-hit shutout and picked up three singles in four at-bats as Buena blanked host Middle Township, 8-0. Olympic.