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roselle-catholic-girls-team-claims-county-title-031309Roselle Catholic Girls Team Claims County Title – The Roselle Catholic girls basketball team captured the Union County Championship last month. Pictured left to right are Chika Dunga, Anthonia Ajumobi, Meghan Faughnan, Melissa Tobie, Allison Skrec, Betina Petit, Kelly Hayes and seated, Jenny Malone. In a double overtime thriller, fourth seeded Roselle Catholic (22-3) defeated second seed Plainfield High School (16-7) 55-50, in the finals held at Roselle Catholic on Feb. 27. Earlier this season, Roselle Catholic also captured the Mountain Valley Conference title. (Photo courtesy of Roselle Catholic High School)

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Sacrifice, determination and hard work are the essentials for the success of every basketball player.

On the hardwood, every player must understand their role. All five players must work together as a unit to achieve their goal on the court. A player must be ready at all times because he may never know when his number will be called to move up from sub to starter.

The injury bug has bitten two of the St. Patrick Celtics’ standouts this season. Dexter Strickland was out with a nagging knee injury for the better part of January. More recently, sophomore Michael Gilchrist broke his leg. Strickland, who committed to North Carolina, is back; Gilchrist, the number three-ranked sophomore by Rivals, will not participate in the Union County Tournament and may the miss the rest of the season.

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basketball-equipment-03CRANFORD – On Sunday, March 1, the Union County College Lady Owls Basketball Team secured the Region XIX championship title, with a win over Delaware Tech by a score of 64-56 at the County College of Morris.

Delaware Tech started the game very aggressively, pulling ahead by 10 points at the beginning of the first half. However, by halftime, The Owls rallied to come out front by a score of 29-27. Delaware attempted to keep the second half of the game close, however, they could not contain The Lady Owl’s scoring streak. For the night, Lady Owl, Nicole Lilenfeld, finished with 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 steal; Kianna Williamson with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks; and Crystal Harris who had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Four years ago on his first team bus ride, new coach Mike Jones asked his players if their opponent that day—the now defunct St. Al’s of Jersey City – was any good.

One of his players on the school bus responded with optimism, “No. They’re not that good.” After a short pause, she continued, “They only beat us by 22 last year.’’

That was Jones’ baptism to when he took the reins of the fledgling basketball program at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, a small, all-girls Catholic school located in Elizabeth bordering Hillside and Newark.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Tiger Woods coined the phrase, “If I am not getting better, than I’m getting worse.”

New Providence head boys basketball coach Art Cattano can relate, having the same philosophical approach to his team and the game of basketball. He preaches to his team, “Any team can beat anybody on any given day if you are not prepared.”  Not an earth shattering concept, but how many teams follow it?

This week, the Pioneers look to even the score for two early season losses. In back to back games, New Providence came up empty against Technology 70-61, then lost to Oratory Prep 57-56, in a hard-fought battle on New Providence’s home court. With those losses, Cattano’s club had a 4-3 record staring them in the face, mot a comfortable place for a team to be in.

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In The Middle Of A Great Season—The Middlesex County College men’s basketball team is in the middle of a great season, with an overall record of 14-6, and a Garden State Athletic Conference record of 13-2. The squad beat Union County College 84-68 on Jan. 27. Pictured above, Union County College player Rolffi Canela (14) attempts to block a shot by Laud Anderson (55). (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County College)

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middlesex-athlete-named-natMiddlesex Athlete Named National Player of the Week—Angelina Dill of Matawan was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 17-23. The 5’10” forward posted a double-double in four games. She had 21 points and 10 rebounds against Delaware Tech-Stanton and 35 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Gloucester County College. Over the weekend, she added 13 points and 10 rebounds against Howard and 23 points and 10 rebounds in a win over County College of Morris. Dill, pictured here in a file photo from last season, was named to the All-Tournament team at the County College of Morris Tournament.

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