South Jersey Sports

Mitchell sparks Cedar Creek explosion over Holy Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:30 am

ccreek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek junior Ahmir Mitchell scored three touchdowns in Friday's 54-14 win over Holy Spirit. ABSECON - It felt like a changing of the guard in South Jersey football Friday night, and Ahmir Mitchell’s explosive talent was the catalyst for the revolution.

Mitchell, a Cedar Creek High School junior and one of the most heavily recruited players in the state, scored touchdowns of nearly every variety as the Pirates demolished Holy Spirit, 54-14, in the first-ever football meeting between the two schools.

The multi-dimensional Mitchell broke open a close game in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard rushing touchdown out of the Wildcat formation, an 83-yard kickoff return, and 75-yard interception return. Bo Melton added a pair of touchdowns for the Pirates (2-1), who bounced back from a tough Week Two loss to Buena and kept Holy Spirit winless at 0-3.

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Warriors fade late in road loss

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 07:02 pm

Abdiel Richards scored 4 TDs in Wildwood's loss to Riverside The Wildwood High School football team had taken an apparent 26-6 lead on the fourth touchdown of the first half by Abdiel Richards Friday evening against Riverside.

But a penalty behind the play nullified the score, and Riverside went into halftime trailing by 20-6.

“It was a big one,” Warrior coach Bruce Lazaruk said of the penalty.

The Rams rallied in the second half, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, and posted a 40-26 comeback victory to deny Wildwood its first win.

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Middle faces tough foe Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 06:59 pm

JIMMY VERSAGE PLEASANTVILLE – A pivotal game awaits the Middle Township High School football team this week.

After a 49-7 thrashing of Pleasantville earned the team its first win, the Panthers are preparing for an away game Friday at Buena (2-0), one of the surprise teams of the Cape-Atlantic League so far. The Chiefs have scored victories against Bridgeton and Cedar Creek, who were thought before the season to be among the top teams in the National Conference.

“They’re very good,” said Middle coach Frank Riggitano, who scouted Buena in its 16-6 win over highly regarded Cedar Creek on Saturday. “They’re very, very good defensively. They don’t do a whole lot of fancy things on offense but they run the triple option and that’s going to cause problems for us. We’re going to have to be disciplined and play assignment football.”

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Alumni Notebook: Szczur hits first Wrigley Field HR

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 06:56 pm

MATT SZCZUR Catching up with some former area high school athletes now competing at the college level and beyond…

Matt Szczur (Chicago Cubs outfielder-LCMRS) hit his first Wrigley Field home run Tuesday evening in the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Cardinals. Szczur, who was called up from the minors in mid August, exited Tuesday’s game hitting .241 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBI in 58 at bats. One of his doubles came in a recent pinch-hit appearance against likely Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. …

Wesley Hills (sophomore-Delaware football-WHS) scored his second touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter to help the Blue Hens erase a 25-14 deficit and pull out a 28-25 win against Colgate on Saturday. Hills ran 12 times for 54 yards and caught one pass for five yards in the game. For the season, Hills has rushed 32 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Hens (2-1) play at James Madison on Saturday. …

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Middle edges Pleasantville, Herlihy goes for history Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 06:49 pm

RYAN HERLIHY For the past couple of seasons, Pleasantville has prevented the Middle Township High School boys cross country team from winning the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

That hurdle has finally been cleared.

Middle slipped past its nemesis Tuesday afternoon, 26-30, and also won comfortably over Wildwood Catholic, 15-48, to jump to the top of the National Conference standings at 3-0.

Ryan Herlihy and Chris Robison led the way for Middle Township. Herlihy won the meet in 16 minutes, 18 seconds and Robison placed second in 16:29, edging Pleasantville’s top runner by a second. Mike Feraco was fifth in 16:53, Josh Moore placed eighth in 17:27 and Nate Sanders was ninth in 17:36 to round out Middle’s scoring.

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Oakcrest notes: Falcons rally to beat East Orange

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 24, 2014 02:15 pm

oakfb1 Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest running back Terrance Smith breaks through a tackle against East Orange. The long wait was worth it for the Oakcrest High School football team, which finally opened its season with an exciting 32-25 overtime win over East Orange on Sept. 10.

The Falcons scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime for the comeback victory in their non-league season-opener. Terrance Smith scored the second of his two rushing touchdowns on Oakcrest's first overtime possession, a 2-yard run. Smith also went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career.

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Absegami notes: Girls tennis, volleyball teams still perfect

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:02 pm

gamisoccer Jen Mara/Absegami's Kelcie Dolan (right) drives past Middle Township's Cathryn Gimeno in a girls soccer game on Sept. 22. The Absegami girls tennis and volleyball teams were both undefeated through games of Sept. 23.

The tennis team swept three matches over the past week, beating Vineland, Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City. Alyssa Brady won all three singles matches she played in that stretch, including a tough 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Vineland’s Neeraja Thakur on Sept. 22. Emma Paugh and Cassidy Calimer have also been outstanding at singles for the Braves, while the doubles team of Pridhi Arora and Kristen McCormick had a decisive win over Vineland on Sept. 22.

The Absegami girls face a big test on Friday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. against always tough Mainland Regional in Linwood. 

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Mainland notes: Boys soccer boots Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:17 pm

ACMainsoccer1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City’s Eduardo Puerta was hot on the heels of Mainland’s Ryan Sarkos but was unable to stop Sarkos's eventual goal. The Mainland Regional High School boys soccer team beat Atlantic City, 3-1, in a CAL American game on Sept. 22, getting goals from Ryan Sarkos, Victor Figueroa and Jack Loefflad. Carlos Molina scored the only goal for Atlantic City. David Smith had six saves in the win for the Mustangs, who improved to 3-1. Caleb Acheampong had 10 saves for the Vikings (2-4).

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EHT field hockey blanks Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:56 am

EHTACFH7 Bill LeConey/EHT’s Katie Dickerson moves the ball up field past AC’s Tori Budd. ATLANTIC CITY – Rebecca Richman’s energy and enthusiasm for field hockey are contagious. Combined with the unyielding tenacity of the team’s defense, it can be an unbeatable combination for the Egg Harbor Township High School field hockey team.

Richman, a junior, scored one goal and assisted on another by Juliana Catania as the streaking Eagles shut out Atlantic City, 2-0, on Sept. 22 at Atlantic City High School for their fifth straight victory.

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Freeman golden for Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 22, 2014 06:15 pm

JILLIAN FREEMAN WILDWOOD – Jillian Freeman played hero for the Wildwood High School girls soccer team Monday afternoon.

Freeman, a junior, assisted on a equalizing goal before netting the golden-goal winner as the Lady Warriors scored a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory to stop a three-game loss streak.

Freeman, one on one with the Salem goalie 2 ½ minutes into extra time, cut the ball across her body and around the goalie with her left foot before coolly depositing into goal with her right foot.

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Prevard powers Vikings to thrill-ride victory over Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 20, 2014 01:42 am

acmain5 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City coach Thomas Kelly talks to his team after its 44-38 victory over Mainland. ATLANTIC CITY – With a talent like Jamir Prevard at the controls, there’s never a dull moment around the Atlantic City High School football team – and few deficits the Vikings can’t overcome.

The Vikings needed all of Prevard’s dizzying athletic ability and more to outlast the Mainland Mustangs, 44-38, in a thrill ride of a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game Friday night at Atlantic City High School.

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Memories of a wild and woolly opening night

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:34 pm

calopen1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland Regional quarterback Sam Jackson tosses a pass in the first quarter against Millville. It was an exciting opening night of the Cape-Atlantic League football season on Friday, Sept. 12.

These images - by photographers Matt Strabuk, Mike Schultz, Bill LeConey and Laura Stetser - captured just some of the drama and pageantry of high school football in South Jersey. Hopefully, they’ll get you in the mood for another full slate of games coming up this weekend. (Scroll down for more photos).

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Pleasantville boys soccer on the upswing

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:19 pm

pvillesoccer1 Bill LeConey/Pleasantville’s Emilio Cortes (17) tries to keep the ball in along the sidelines against Middle Township on Sept. 16. PLEASANTVILLE – Despite a shutout loss to conference power Middle Township on Sept. 16, the Pleasantville High School boys soccer team is off to one of the most promising starts in program history.

Middle, the defending South Jersey Group II champion, won the Cape Atlantic League National Conference game, 4-0, as Joe Fala scored two goals. Trent Canter and Mikey Roselli scored the other goals, and Nick Anagnou earned the shutout as the Panthers improved to 3-0-2.

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Good start for WCHS tennis

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 17, 2014 04:27 pm

It had been a rough go in recent years for the Wildwood Catholic High School girls tennis team. The Crusaders always seemed to field a very inexperienced team and often struggled to win even a few matches each season.

They’ve reversed the trend so far this fall.

Wildwood Catholic suffered only its first defeat in five matches so far this season Monday afternoon when it dropped a 3 ½-1 ½ decision to Holy Spirit. The point at first singles was halved when Catholic’s Madison McNicholas and Spirit’s Julia Dalzell could not finish a three-set marathon due to impending darkness. The players were tied at 5-5 in the third set when the match was called.

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