Legendary St. Anthony of Jersey City coach Bob Hurley remembers his first game against Camden High. "They put a whupping on us," Hurley said of a 1978 game at Camden.
A year later, Hurley said, St. Anthony "balanced the scale" against Camden, setting the tone for a "healthy rivalry" between two programs that, for a time, represented the North Jersey and South Jersey capitals of high school basketball.
St. Anthony and Camden will renew a long-dormant rivalry with a game Dec. 30 at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwood Convention Center. The game will be part of the Bob Hurley Elite Showcase bracket at the annual tournament, which draws more than 80 boys and girls teams to the holiday event.
"We're excited to be playing a storied Camden program that has a tradition in our state, especially in the Southern part of our state, that is unparalleled," Hurley said at a press conference Friday at the Convention Center off the boardwalk in Wildwood.