Atlantic County Current Sports

Cedar Creek seniors lead the way in big win over Oakcrest

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 19, 2014 02:45 pm

creek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek linebacker J.B. Burrell gets to Oakcrest quarterback Kendall Elliott just after he releases the ball. EGG HARBOR CITY – It was "Senior Day" at Cedar Creek High School Saturday – complete with the halftime crowning of a “King” and “Queen.” So it was appropriate that several 12th-graders pointed the way to a “royal” victory for the Pirates football team.

Isa Wills scored two rushing touchdowns and Nate Pauls played big on both sides of the ball as Cedar Creek smothered intra-district rival Oakcrest, 20-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League National game.

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Streaking Greyhounds win 9th straight, eye CAL National title

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:07 pm

newpville1 Bill LeConey/Pleasantville's Carlos Mencia scores the first of his two goals in the second half Thursday, beating ACIT goalie Chris Vargas. PLEASANTVILLE – With every win, the Pleasantville Greyhounds write a new chapter in their unprecedented high school soccer journey.

The surprising Greyhounds, one of the biggest stories on the local high school sports scene this fall, won their ninth straight game Thursday, beating Atlantic County Tech 4-0 to draw closer to their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title.

Carlos Mencia scored two goals in the second half for Pleasantville (11-3-0 overall, 7-1-0 conference), and red-hot Darlin Jimenez scored his 20th of the season.

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Northfield girl tackling a new sport

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 05:13 pm

footballgirl1 Bill LeConey/Northfield junior varsity football player Julianna Medina, 10. NORTHFIELD – Julianna Medina was tired of staying on the sidelines, cheering for her brothers and friends as they tackled, blocked, and ran with the football.

So she put herself in the game.

Julianna, 10, is playing for the Northfield Cardinals JV football team this fall. She traded in her cheerleaders outfit for a football uniform with shoulder pads and a helmet - and she’s not looking back.

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Mustangs can't get a handle on Prep's Harris

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:58 pm

mainPrep1 Mike Schultz/Javon James fights for tough yardage against a very physical St. Augustine defense. The Mainland Mustangs were unable to corral the Cape-Atlantic League's leading rusher Lamont Harris on Friday, Oct. 10, in Linwood.

Harris rushed for three touchdowns and 263 yards, which included jaunts of 75 yards and 67 yards, in St. Augustine Prep's 27-14 win over Mainland in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup. Harris, who lives in Washington Township, is South Jersey's leading rusher with 1,009 yards.

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Cannuscio and McManus win bronze at Finlandia Trophy

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:52 pm

cannuscio US Figure Skating/Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus Egg Harbor Township figure skater Anastasia Cannuscio and partner Colin McManus of Saugus, Mass., won the bronze medal last week at 2004 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, as part of the of the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series.

Cannuscio represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club while McManus represents The Skating Club of Boston. The duo, who were the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists, train in Newark, Delaware, and are coached by Karen Ludington, Alexandr Kirsanov and Christie Moxley-Hutson.

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EHT holds off Ocean City, wins 17-14

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:03 pm

EHTOC1 Jen Arthur/EHT quarterback Kyle Houghton hands off to Connor Agostino as Che Amoroso (60) throws a block. OCEAN CITY – In the final minutes of last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Carey Stadium, Egg Harbor Township quarterback Kyle Houghton was being chased on a rollout. It was third down and the Eagles needed to convert to run out the clock.

Houghton floated a touch pass down the sideline to Angela Branca for a 6-yard gain. It wasn’t a big gain but it was enough for the first down and for EHT to run out the clock for a 17-14 victory.

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Boys soccer: Playoffs beckon for improved Vikings

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:15 pm

ACsoccer1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City’s Carlos Molina dribbles the ball against Ocean City on Oct. 9 while teammate Derrick Amoako (10) follows the play. ATLANTIC CITY – Carlos Molina moved with his family a few miles east this year, transferring from Pleasantville High School to Atlantic City High School. His soccer skills continued to progress upward.

Molina and the Vikings recently won a school-record six straight games and clinched a spot in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Though the win streak was snapped by a very good Ocean City team on Thursday, Oct. 9, Molina had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 loss and has now scored in four straight games.

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Prevard scores every which way in AC victory over Vineland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 11, 2014 01:08 am

ACVine1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard (1) jokes around with teammate Randy Canela (21) before Friday's game against Vineland. ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic City High School football team has learned to accept the occasional bad mistake by exceptionally talented junior quarterback Jamir Prevard.

It’s easy to accept the bad stuff when you know the very good stuff is usually right behind.

Prevard accounted for four touchdowns three different ways in the Vikings’ 32-12 win over Vineland Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Atlantic City High School.

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Four from area among top NJSIAA playoff contenders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 08, 2014 02:31 pm

newACPrevard Bill LeConey/Quarterback Jamir Prevard and the Atlantic City Vikings host CAL American foe Vineland Friday in a game with SJ Group V playoff implications. Four teams from the Current’s Atlantic County area are among the top eight in their NJSIAA groups as high school football approaches its fifth weekend.

Despite its loss to Absegami last Thursday, Egg Harbor Township is No. 2 in South Jersey Group 5, trailing only Rancocas Valley. The Eagles have some tough challenges ahead and need a win Friday night at Ocean City to stay near the top. Vineland is No. 8 in Group 5 with Millville (No. 10) and Atlantic City (No. 11) not too far behind. The Vikings’ home game against Vineland Friday (7 p.m.) has serious playoff implications.

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Eagles, Mustangs tie it up in pink

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:43 pm

ehtmainFH Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township and Mainland field hockey teams compete in the first half of Tuesday's EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - There really are no losers in a game that promotes breast cancer awareness.

So, it was somehow appropriate that the Egg Harbor Township and Mainland Regional High School field hockey teams played to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday night, Oct. 7, in the annual "Pink Game" at EHT.

Sami Lopez scored both goals for Mainland (7-6-1), while Dana Becker and Samantha Barone scored for EHT (8-3-1), with Barone’s goal tying the game in the 61st minute. Mimi McCabe made 25 saves for the Mustangs, and Taylor McCloskey had 10 saves for the Eagles.

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Bulldogs bully Pirates with big second-half surge

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:38 am

creek1 Bill LeConey/Stefon Bowman carries the ball for Bridgeton while Cedar Creek's J.B. Burrell pursues. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Cedar Creek High School Pirates are going through an identity crisis, according to coach Tim Watson – and the Bridgeton Bulldogs brought out the worst side of their personality on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The tough and talented Bulldogs ran away from the error-prone Pirates in the second half, beating Cedar Creek 27-13 and sending them back to the workshop for what Watson believes they really need: some serious self-reflection.

“At the end of the day, we’re just not doing a good job responding,” said Watson after the Pirates dropped to 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference.

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Falcons lose heartbreaker on 2-point conversion in OT

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 04, 2014 01:35 am

oak1 Bill LeConey/Oakcrest sophomore quarterback Kendall Elliott threw for one touchdown and ran for another in Friday's overtime loss to Buena. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The growing pains don’t get any more painful than this. The Oakcrest High School Falcons can only hope it makes them stronger down the road.

The young but improved Falcons lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Buena Regional, 36-35, Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference first-place showdown between two previously unbeaten teams.

Buena (4-0) stayed unbeaten because of a bold move by coach Jonathan Caputo. After Sammy Crouch scored his fourth touchdown of the game to pull the Chiefs to within a point, Buena could have just kicked the extra point to send it to another overtime possession by each team from the 25.

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Big plays, broken plays lift Absegami over EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:50 pm

gamiEHT1 Bill LeConey/Absegami quarterback Tyler Welch hands off to running back Ifreke Andy in the first quarter of Thursday's game against EHT. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – In a game as disjointed and downright weird as this one – on a Thursday night, no less - it figured the winning points would come on a broken play.

The Absegami High School Braves pulled out a remarkable, topsy-turvy, 29-28 win over Egg Harbor Township Thursday in an exciting Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game. It was the Braves’ first win of the season after two losses, and the Eagles’ first loss after three wins.

“It doesn’t have to be pretty, right?” said Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. “You just have to figure out a way to win that game, and our kids did that tonight, so I’m proud of them.”

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Sixers go 'camping' at Stockton Sports Center

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 05:06 pm

sixersstockton1 Nerlens Noel, forward-center of the Philadelphia 76ers, shows off his jump shot Tuesday at the team’s practice camp being held at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Sports Center this week. Photo by Margot Alten/The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The Philadelphia 76ers opened their five-day training camp at Richard Stockton College in Galloway on Sept. 30.

Practices are closed to the public, but Stockton athletic director Lonnie Folks said the team may change that policy at the end of the week. The team is staying at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

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