Atlantic County Current Sports

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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Mainland surfers seize the beach

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 02:59 pm

surf1 Ben Zlotnick/Mainland Regional junior Andrew Bradley rides a wave. ATLANTIC CITY – With the ocean as their playing surface and a summer-like morning as the backdrop, student-athletes from Mainland Regional and Holy Spirit high schools competed wave for wave on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Pennsylvania Ave. beach.

The resurgent Mainland surf team, a state champion 30 years ago but dormant for much of the last decade, geared up for the Oct. 19 state championships with a "scrimmage" in the swells next to the Steel Pier.

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Freshmen twins helping to rejuvenate Holy Spirit girls soccer

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 11:50 am

antonucci1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit girls soccer twins Addisen, left, and Paxton Antonucci of Mays Landing. GALLOWAY – Opponents of the Holy Spirit High School girls soccer team can be forgiven for thinking they’re seeing double this season.

Freshmen twins Addisen and Paxton Antonucci look that much alike, but their unique individual skills are helping to rejuvenate the Spartans program.

Addisen doubled up on Absegami last Saturday, Sept. 27, scoring two unassisted goals in a 2-0 win over the Braves that raised the Spartans’ record to 4-1. Senior goalie Audrey Wilson made seven saves for the shutout.

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Mustangs shut out Ocean City, 26-0

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 01, 2014 11:14 am

mainOCfootball Jen Marra/Mainland quarterback Sam Jackson takes the snap as lineman Sean Rutala sets up a block and WR Dean Devaney starts a pass route against Ocean City on Sept. 26. Mainland earned the right to display the Causeway Champion award for the next year by scoring five different ways and defeating Ocean City, 26-0 at Carey Stadium on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Causeway Champion award is a plaque designed by Dave Talarico of Schoppy Inc. that will be displayed by the team that wins the Mainland-Ocean City football game each year. It was created by Schoppy’s and Prime Events based on a suggestion by MRHS graduate Mike O’Brien.

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Mitchell sparks Cedar Creek explosion over Holy Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 27, 2014 01:30 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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Oakcrest notes: Falcons rally to beat East Orange

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:15 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 02:02 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 01:17 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 12:56 pm

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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Prevard powers Vikings to thrill-ride victory over Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 20, 2014 02:42 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 02:34 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 01:19 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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Oakcrest girls win latest edition of 'sibling' rivalry

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 17, 2014 03:21 pm

oakgamisoccer1 Bill LeConey/Collisions like this one are the norm when Oakcrest meets Absegami on the soccer field. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Inter-family squabbles are often the most heated, and there’s no exception when it comes to girls soccer games between Oakcrest and Absegami high schools.

That’s why Oakcrest coach Jason Hearn had mixed emotions after his team’s 4-1 win over Absegami in a Cape-Atlantic League game on Sept. 11.

Hearn was very pleased with how his girls played, but not so happy about some of the “extra-curricular” activities that went on between the two teams, who are both members of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District.

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Girls tennis: Mainland, Absegami, Spirit look strong

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 17, 2014 02:47 pm

girlstennis Bill LeConey/Atlantic City doubles player Janey Kogan returns a volley in the season-opening loss to Ocean City. Capsule previews of Current-area girls tennis teams:

Atlantic City

Coach: Melissa Mathis

2013 record: 3-15

The Vikings will count on talented freshmen Isabella and Gabby DeStefano as their top singles players as they look to improve on last year’s record. Seniors Sierra Jordan and Janey Kogan bring experience and leadership. “There is tremendous athletic ability and experience on our team,” Mathis said. “The girls are determined and mentally motivated.”

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