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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:30 am | Updated: 1:10 am, Fri Jan 4, 2013.

(A look at the can't miss high school events of the next week.)

Girls basketball

St. Joseph (4-1) at No. 4 Cedar Creek (4-2)

5:30 p.m. Monday

The winner of this contest gains an edge in a tight United Division race. In the division, the Wildcats are 3-0, the Pirates 2-0 and Sacred Heart 3-0. Reigning Press Player of the Year Kristine Miller leads Cedar Creek. St. Joseph's Dana DiRenzo averages 13.2 points per game. Cedar Creek is No. 5 in The Press Elite 11.

Boys basketball

Hammonton (7-1) at No. 6 St. Augustine Prep (4-1)

7 p.m. today at St. Augustine in Buena Vista Township

This is a matchup of Cape-Atlantic League National Division contenders. Hammonton is one of the surprises of the season. Christian Mortellite, a 6-foot-4 senior, leads the Blue Devils with a 27-point scoring average. St. Augustine, No. 6 in The Press Elite 11, relies on the senior backcourt of Michael Greenman (14 ppg) and David Sullivan (12.2 ppg)

Girls swimming

Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet

9 a.m. Saturday at Atlantic City

This 20th annual meet began in its current format in 1994. Eighteen high schools featuring 340 swimmers will compete. The meet honors the late Marion Hackney, who rode the high-diving horse at Steel Pier on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Swimmers to watch Saturday include Colleen Callahan and defending 100-meter freestyle champion Melissa Toy, both of Atlantic City.

Boys swimming

No. 8 Egg Harbor Township (3-1) vs. No. 2 St. Augustine Prep (4-0)

4 p.m. Monday at St. Augustine Prep

St. Augustine takes on another strong opponent in its quest to win a third straight Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title. St. Augustine has Pat Flynn, T.J. Merighi, Colin McHugh and Sam Sheppard. EHT is led by Anthony Czar, Luke Filarski, Andrew Baumgartel and Brendan Burkett.

Wrestling

No. 1 Southern Regional (1-0) at Bergen Catholic (1-1)

Noon Saturday

Two of the top teams in the state square off in a big nonconference showdown as part of a tri-match. Southern's strength is depth. Zach Wilhelm (eighth at the Beast of the East and second at Governor Mifflin) and Cody Smead (first at Robin Leff Classic, second at Governor Mifflin) are off to solid starts. Bergen Catholic, ranked 42nd in the country in Intermat's Fab 50 rankings of high school teams nationally, features Johnny Sebastian and freshman Nick Suriano. Suriano won the Beast of the East tournament and is No. 1 in the country at 106 pounds. Sebastian is the defending state champ and ranked eighth in the country.

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