Saturday, February 12, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
The Olympic-Cape Challenge is back for another year of competition between the Cape-Atlantic League boy’s basketball teams against the Olympic Conference. One of those teams taking part of the challenge were the undefeated Renegades from Shawnee. This time held at Vineland High School, the fourth Olympic-Cape Challenge watched Ocean City and Shawnee open up their game tied after one quarter. From that point on, it was all Shawnee as they rolled on for the 66-49 victory during the fourth game of this challenge that benefits the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation.
The challenge was founded by Dave and Beth Catalina back in 1998. It’s a success story that many are happy to hear about when the news of cancer enters a life. The Catalina’s son was diagnosed with cancer back in December of 1995. He was treated successfully and has been the cancer is gone now sine May of 1996. The foundation has raised almost $95,000 for the Oncology Division of Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Every team entering this challenge takes a part in generating money for a very good cause.
The talk around South Jersey was about how the Renegades were the only unbeaten team in our area. After a first quarter were both teams score 10 points apiece, Shawnee posted a 17 point quarter that was ten more than the Red Raiders to open a comfortable lead they would never relinquish. Shawnee would pick up their twentieth win of the season by outscoring their opponent by a 39-22 advantage during the second half. Shawnee was led by Julian Sanders’ game high 21 points while Tyson Hartnett added 14 and Matt McFadden finished with 12 points. Ocean City was led by Dave Beyel’s team high 20 points and Phil Schaffer contributed 15 points.