Wildwood Catholic High School

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Girls’ Basketball Preview

Coming off of 15-11 season, the Lady Crusaders are hungry for a successful season. Their goals are set high and they are hoping to enjoy a conference title and hopefully a CAL title. The team is led by senior captain Erin Connelly and sophomore captain Marianna Papazoglou. Marianna averaged 19.3 points per game and led the team in stats. Top returners in include sophomores Lauren McCallion, Alyia Gray-Rivera, and Riley Kane. Newcomers to the team are junior Gabby Turco, sophomore Shaniya Mann, freshmen Kimmy Casiello and Xiomara Walker. The Lady Crusaders have been diligently preparing for the coming games, opening with Middle Township on December 18th.

Wildwood Catholic Swimming

Wildwood Catholic took on Middle Township away on Tuesday, December 4th. This was the first meet of the season for both teams. Sam Francis leads the team in a close fought lose. Sam had a won the 100 fly and the 100 breast. Chris Gamble, the coach, said that this meet was a strong start to the season and expects improvement.

The team is led by top swimmer Grace Stuart, junior, along with senior team captains Lauren Sorensen and Chris Johnson. Grace Stuart isa key member of the team. Grace is expected to compete in 4 events every meet and swim some of the most competitive races such as the 100 free and 50 free. She is supportive of her teammates in every race and encourages all her teammates. She had 4-second place finishes at Middle. In response to the performance at today’s meet Grace said, “Since the team has a strong base and we are all together, it gave me much confidence. I am happy with how I swam and how the team competed today.”

The Crusaders have a co-ed roster that consists of 7 seniors, 6 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 4 freshmen. The mix of underclassmen and experience give the Crusaders a very balanced team. The senior swimmers on the team are greatly depended on by coach.

The four senior boys that swim for the Crusaders - Chris Johnson, Cory Krause, Giacomo Antonicello, and Sam Francis - each bring something to the team. Even though that the team may not win a whole lot of meets each member enjoys the practices and the team comerodity. The senior girls consist of Lauran Sorensen, Lena Cassidy,and Sophie Peters. Each rising senior is expected to take on a heavy load of events to help the Crusaders be competitive.

The top freshman on the team, Leilani Wong, makes an immediate impact and proved she is strong in multiple events during the first swim meet. Leilani won the 500, winning one of only three events Catholic won in its first meet.

The meet at Middle was a learning experience for the mostly inexperienced team and helps the coach figure out what events he can put the new swimmers in so that they can excel in future meets. The Crusader now prepare for their home opener versus Lower Regional High school on Friday, December 7th.

Food Drive

As Thanksgiving grows close, Wildwood Catholic Student Council holds a food drive for family in need. This food drive is one week in november starting Monday the the 12th and will go until friday the 16th. During the week teachers will often give out extra credit point if students bring in a certain amount of cans. Student Council also has a school dress down on Wednesday the 14th . For students to be able to dress down they must bring in 5 cans of their choice and had them to there home room teacher. Last year students brought in around 840 pounds of food.

All the cans will be delivered by student council seniors to the Lazarus house. The Lazarus House is an emergency food pantry located at Burke & Pacific Avenues in Wildwood. This time of year the shelves of the Lazarus house are depleted from all the family getting food for their families for the holiday. The Lazarus house provides nutritious food and other essentials to over 1,500 guests monthly who come to its door in their time of need.

The food pantry is run by volunteers. Last year Wildwood Catholic gave around 720 cans of food. This donation was greatly appreciated by the workers. This had stocked the shelves for the family that depend on the pantry greatly for food.

Students will also bring in turkeys which are donated to the Crest Community church for their pre-Thanksgiving feast. The Crest Community church host around 250 hungry people for a thanksgiving feast. They serve the traditional thanksgiving food: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, potatoes au gratin, cranberries and ice cream.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Wildwood Catholic tries to help out the less fortunate people that reside in our community. It is a testament to the students of this small school when their generosity is so widely demonstrated. Some of the requested items are: canned beans, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, soups, canned tuna, canned chicken, rice, nuts, pasta and pasta sauce, popcorn kernels, apple sauce, cereals, canned tomatoes, dried fruits honey, chicken, beef and vegetable broths.

Cross Country Team Travels to Disney World
wilwood catholic cross country On Wednesday October 3rd the cross country team flew to Florida to spend a few days enjoying the Disney theme parks and participating in a cross country race. As soon the team arrived in Florida for the next two days they enjoyed time in all of the parks and eating lots of dole whips and drinking a lot of coffee. On Friday both teams raced, and the girls team came in 4th while the boys placed 5th. Senior Chris Johnson placed 7th overall, which was one of the best performances by a Wildwood Catholic student in recent years. While the team enjoyed a lot of fun time during their 5-day trip, it had a good showing in the races as well. The team is headed into championship season and hope to be successful in their upcoming meets.

An Unsung Hero of Wildwood Catholic
There are many things in this school that the student body and much of the faculty take for granted. All the little things that tie the school together so nicely and many of the most important aspects of a thriving school are thanks to a man who doesn't get nearly enough credit for what he does: the lights, the doors, the painting, the desks, and just about everything that you touch in this school is here and working all thanks to one person. Mr. Uetz, the school custodian and ever-faithful handyman. He is here every single day and most days in the summer working tirelessly to work out all the kinks of how things flow in the building. Most people have no idea how much he does for this school, with little to no help at all. He is also an incredible man and a very sociable person, both easy to talk to and extremely kind. Take a moment to appreciate how much he does and thank him for everything that he does when you see him in the hallway. Thank you for everything Mr. Uetz.

Boys Soccer
For the past 4 years the soccer team was stacked with a class of athletes. Beck Lindsay, Rakim Coyle, Jared Wallace, Tyler Mericle, Jonathan Feraco, Taylor Ontrup, Jack Hendee, and Irving Fennocchio. They won numerous titles and had a successful four years. That class graduated and now the team is rebuilding and adapting to a new coach, Jim Lushok. To date the team is 1-6, with a win against Holy Spirit, the team still shows a lot of potential. Their one victory over Holy Spirit with the score of 7-3, the team showed much potential with Senior’s Giacomo Antonicello, aka Mo, and Nathan Yhost who both scored for Wildwood Catholic. A new junior, Sean Dougherty, put up 4 of the 7 goals, along with Cj Deegler (junior) who also scored 1 for Catholic. Juniors Matt Vodges and Tommy Bolle provided a solid defense. New goalie, junior Tyler Cruz also made 7 stops during that game. We look forward to seeing them get their second win over Holy Spirit on October 2nd. Although their record is disappointing, the team continues to work hard and goes in every game with a good attitude.

Boy’s Cross Country
The Wildwood Catholic boys’ cross country team had a good start to the season with a win over Holy Spirit and Middle Township high schools on September 11. Chris Johnson won the race, with Eric Feria coming in third, Johnny Manera got 7th followed by Cole and Neil McIntyre. In the next meet on the 18th, the boys defeated Buena and Lower Cape May on their home course. The boys have four wins after the first two races of the season. The team is led by team captain Chris Johnson with five other seniors constituting a strong and hard working core. A team goal is to win the united conference this year. Johnny Manera says “If you’re not first you're last,” quoting his favorite movie which drives him to run hard. The boys hope to win the Big Five on Friday Sept. 28 for the second year in a row.

Girls Soccer Beats Holy Spirit
On Wednesday September 12, Wildwood Catholic Girls Soccer team beat Holy Spirit for the first time in years. The girls triumphed 2-1. Sophomore Leona Macrina was a key player in the game with multiple saves and smart decisions in the goal. Goals were scored on the opposing team by Marianna P and Ivy Bolle. Senior Bella Feraco was an essential player positioned as a defensive midfielder. The girls started off the season with a 6-0 win over Cape May Tech. They are a growing threat to other teams in the games yet to come.

Girls Cross CountryHas Its First Win of the Season
On September 11, the girls cross country team had their first win over rivals Holy Spirit and Middle Township. The team was led by senior Erin Connelly followed by senior Joelle Osborne, sophomore Aliya Gray-Rivera, seniors Sophie Peters and Lauren Sorensen and freshman Sammy Andress. This race was a big debut race for Andress, she was the tiebreaker that lead our girls to victory. On September 18, the girls defeated Lower Cape May and Buena with the same order as the first race.