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Winter: Sunday Spotlight features

Updated Wed, Jul 11, 2012 2:01 PM

In this edition of New Jersey's Sunday Spotlight features package, we take a look at more high school sports figures with unique stories.

Winter: Sunday Spotlight features
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Lerner: Flaherty pacing Manasquan

While Katelynn Flaherty's gaudy numbers, especially in the post season, speak of her offensive impact, they don’t do the Manasquan leader enough justice.

Kinney: Lane has been Mr. Consistency

Plainfield is headed back to the Tournament of Champions final on Tuesday night, and Jahmal Lane is a major reason for that.

Fitzsimmons: Towns is growing up

St. Joseph (Met.) 6-foot-10 center Karl Towns, tabbed as the top freshman in America, learned a lot during his fantastic rookie year.

Lerner: Brown fitting in for Kennedy

Junior guard Erika Brown resumed action while trying only to enhance an already-established chemistry.

Kinney: Union Catholic on the rise

Even though wins were rare in the last three weeks, the infrastructure for an excellent future at Union Catholic is in place.

Fitzsimmons: HS hoops at Barclays is gold

Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark - a Morristown graduate - mentioned the possibility of high school hoops at the new Brooklyn arena. It'd be gold.

Fitzsimmons: Irish eyes are crying

St. Patrick's basketball team likely played its final game on Thursday. That doesn't take away the school's special miracle, though.

Kinney: Lane lifts Cardinals in title game

It was no great surprise that Jahmal Lane delivered so profoundly to the offense once again with the spotlight shining bright.

Lerner: O'Neil stars for No. 1 Shabazz

Zaire O'Neil, a 6-foot sophomore forward, helped Shabazz capture the girls Essex County crown on Saturday.

Fitzsimmons: For Darius, it's all about family

Darius Hamilton is more than just the football National Defensive Player of the Year. Just ask his little sister, Karrington.

Lerner: Carter gets offensive for Neptune

Neptune defensive specialist Nahja Carter is warming up to being an accountable scoring option on the basketball court.

Kinney: Foster steps up for University

Keith Foster overcame an ugly injury, and University is clearly relishing its final weeks with its veteran backcourt man.

Kinney: St. Anthony flexes its muscles

St. Anthony showed off its best stuff on Saturday to punctuate an exciting week for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley and his storied program.

Fitzsimmons: Carey earned his stripes

Tariq Carey, at first, didn't fit in at St. Anthony. Now, the rejuvenated senior guard feels at home in Bob Hurley's fraternity.

Lerner: Tough to keep Erika Brown down

Paterson Kennedy star Erika Brown is making a fast recovery from a terrible ACL injury and anxiously awaits her return.

Kinney: Irvington has eyes on prize

Irvington is hoping to clinch the Essex County boys basketball tournament title behind a trio of super scorers and leaders.

Fitzsimmons: From Paterson to The Show

Victor Cruz's journey is already worthy of a celebration, simply because the hometown kid whom no one believed in has made believers of everyone.

Kinney: Golub striving for greatness

Thanks to the lessons from Dave Warner, Freehold Township coach Brian Golub has his team clicking on all cylinders.

Fitzsimmons: Farrell is a true leader

Though just a sophomore, Matt Farrell has emerged as one of the most polished leaders on a New Jersey basketball court.

Kinney: Bodie guiding East Side hoops

It's no surprise why guard Aaron Bodie is leading East Side, considering his extreme competitiveness and uncanny work ethic.

Fitzsimmons: Finding the "Perfect Fit"

Luther Wright played only 16 games in the NBA before drugs derailed his career. Now clean for nearly seven years, the 7-foot-2 New Jersey native is mentoring high school kids.

Lerner: Berntsen never wastes a moment

Forever remembering the tragic death of her brother, Chatham hoops star Amanda Berntsen has blossomed into a leader on and off the court.

Fitzsimmons: Hurley an icon to fellow legends

Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith, the owner of seven national titles, is a legend in his own right, but still looks up to Bob Hurley.

Kinney: St. Joe's DeCosey is a winner

St. Joseph (Metuchen) guard Quenton DeCosey, a Temple commit, has used his competitive edge to become the player he is today.

Lerner: Mabreys share a close bond

The Mabrey family developed a bond through basketball, and that's why the clan has influenced the girls hoops landscape in New Jersey.

Kinney: Remembering coach Carter

Shabazz coach Hassan Carter died early in the morning of January 1 and immediately left a huge hole where there had once been a rock.

Fitzsimmons: The world of Tyler Ennis

St. Benedict's star point guard Tyler Ennis, far from his home in Canada, is working on a dream. Someday, he knows he'll make it.

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