LINWOOD — Teams such as St. Augustine Prep, Atlantic City and Wildwood Catholic might have some competition this season from a surprising source. Mainland Regional has gotten off to a 3-0 start, and has a matchup nightmare in senior Osun Osunniyi, a 6-foot-9 center who can not only block shots and rebound, but also score.
LINWOOD — Some of the best swimming in South Jersey is happening at Mainland Regional High School, as the Vineland boys and girls teams had the misfortune of finding out on Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs' boys squad dominated the Fighting Clan, winning 139-31, while the Mainland girls won their third straight meet after a season-opening loss to Ocean City, topping Vineland 97-73 behind some strong efforts from Hadley Egan, Chloe Fuetterer and Valerie Spiers.
OCEAN CITY — If they Mainland Regional girls basketball players were tired from having to follow up Friday night's season opener against Wildwood Catholic with a 1:45 p.m. game against Southern Regional on Saturday in the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend showcase, they didn't show it.
The Mustangs built a 14-9 first-quarter lead over the Rams, then blitzed Southern with 21 points in the second quarter to cruise to a 58-43 victory. The win was the first of the season for Mainland, which lost by four points to Wildwood Catholic on Friday night.
ABSECON — The Holy Spirit football team is used to playing on the first Saturday in December — in state playoff games. Last year, the Spartans were cleaning out their lockers on Thanksgiving after a 32-10 loss to Atlantic City that left them with a 4-6 record.
Last December, the Spartans players and coaches vowed a sub-.500 record wasn't going to happen again. Not on their watch.
BORDENTOWN — When Britney Stein was a freshman, she watched from the bench as older sister April led the Ocean City field hockey team to a state championship as a senior in 2013. The next two years, Britney came out on the losing end, as the Red Raiders fell to Warren Hills in the title game.
Now a senior, Britney has a trophy of her own, as she played perhaps the best game of her life in leading Ocean City back to the top of the mountain.
EGG HARBOR CITY — Bo Melton shrugged off his helmet and shoulder pads Saturday afternoon and strode off the field. Under his jersey he was wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt that had the name "Milza" emblazoned on the back with quarterback Jesse Milza's No. 11. When you're a playmaker like Melton, you pay homage to the guy who puts the ball into your hands any way you can.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The difference between an average team and a team that competes for championships every season is the ability to take a punch.
Ocean City took an uppercut to the jaw early in Thursday night's showdown with Moorestown in the Group 3 semifinals at Egg Harbor Township High School, and while the Red Raiders staggered, they never went down.
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