Atlantic County Current Sports

Former Spirit star Daniels returns as Comcast sports anchor

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, April 16, 2014 02:42 pm

newjendaniels Photo courtesy of Comcast SportsNet/Jen Daniels Jen Daniels is back!

The talented young woman who scored 1,389 points during her all star basketball career at Holy Spirit – hitting the clutch perimeter jumper, spinning through the defense for a layup or throwing a look-away pass - and who then went on to have a successful career at George Mason University, is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.

“It sounds like a cliché,” said Daniels, “but it is a dream to be doing this in Philadelphia. These are the teams I watched growing up and to be able to walk onto the ice after a Flyers game or onto the field at a Phillies game was really special. Being at Allen Iverson’s number retirement was great. He was my favorite player growing up. I’m getting used to these things now, because I’m there to do a job, but the first time was really memorable.”

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Cedar Creek notes: Bats wake up late in comeback win

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 16, 2014 02:17 pm

smallerccreek1 Jen Marra/Cedar Creek outfielder Zach Newman looks to make a running catch in a game against Wildwood Catholic on April 12. The Cedar Creek baseball team rallied for a 15-12 win over Wildwood Catholic in a Cape-Atlantic League slugfest April 12 at Cape May County Park in Cape May Court House.

Cedar Creek trailed 9-2 going into the sixth inning but exploded for six runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh for the comeback victory. The Pirates outhit the Crusaders 19-12.

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Egg Harbor Township attack overwhelms Oakcrest

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, April 14, 2014 10:50 pm

houghtonscore Bill LeConey/EHT's Connor Houghton scores one of his game-high six goals in Monday's 14-6 win over Oakcrest. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Chemistry class was back in session Monday for the Egg Harbor Township boys lacrosse team.

Attack men Connor Houghton, Ryan King and Nick Lacovara combined for 11 goals and eight assists as the Eagles rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 14-6 win over Cape-Atlantic League rival Oakcrest.

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Briefs, signups: Registration open for Jersey Genesis Triathlon

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 04:24 pm

Jersey Genesis Triathlon logo Jersey Genesis Triathlon Registration is open for the 19th Annual Jersey Genesis Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike and Bambino Biathlon, scheduled for Saturday, May 31, in Port Republic. Race organizers have added a duathlon to this year’s event to give the non-swimmers an opportunity to compete in the race. To register or for more information visit the website www.jerseygenesistriathlon.com or call Bill Smallwood at 609-652-6154.

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Bats wake up for EHT in win over Atlantic City at Sandcastle

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:14 pm

monnyhit Bill LeConey/EHT's Monny Strickland takes a cut at a Jake McClaskey pitch Thursday at the Sandcastle. ATLANTIC CITY – Early this season, the Egg Harbor Township Eagles have subsisted mainly with an imbalanced diet of great pitching and little hitting - effective at times but not very nutritious over the long haul.

They finally chose from the full menu Thursday, pounding out an early 7-0 lead and holding on to beat Atlantic City, 10-6, in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division game at the windy Sandcastle.

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CCHS notes: Meyer reaches 100-hit mark, strikes out 16

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 04:14 pm

CCreekMeyer Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek’s Cheyenne Meyer fires a pitch during a game last season. Junior Cheyenne Meyer became the first player in Cedar Creek High School softball history to reach the 100-hit milestone in the Pirates’ 6-0 victory over Cape May Tech on April 8.

Meyer, who entered the game with 98 career hits, went 4-for-4. She had two doubles and two triples.

Meyer also starred on the mound. She allowed just two hits and struck out 16.

Sydney Seney and Savannah Wilkinson each doubled for the winners. Darby Langel contributed a triple.

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Oakcrest notes: Girls lacrosse rallies for milestone win over OC

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 04:05 pm

oaknotes Submitted/Jon Mitchell of the Oakcrest High School boys lacrosse team scored eight goals and two assists in an 18-4 win over Vineland on Friday, April 4, the best single-game performance in Oakcrest lacrosse history. The Oakcrest High School girls lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit to defeat Ocean City 9-8 in sudden-death overtime April 8. It was the Falcons’ first win ever over the Red Raiders.

Dominique Barber netted four goals, including the winner.

Barber helped Oakcrest open the season with a 17-7 victory over Absegami on March 28. Barber and Alexis Sutley tallied five goals apiece.

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MRHS notes: Softball team bonds (and wins) on Disney trip

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 03:53 pm

newmainnotes Submitted photo/The Mainland softball team shows its enthusiasm (and a copy of The Current) at Disney World. Kneeling, left to right: McKenzie Mindish, Ashlee Moran and Rachel Hartlage. Second row left to right: Raquelle Rusciano, Coach Liz Feld, Tiana Fogg, Shannon Hartman, Maddie McGlynn, Vanessa Francesco, Zoe Graziotto, Kathryn Hutton and head coach Frank Marascio. Third row left to right: Abby Roberts, Emme Rovins, Jillian Bruno, Shea Scannell, Gab Gauarricino and coach Torie Rich. The Mainland Regional High School softball team traveled to Orlando, Fla. to participate in spring training and enjoy a trip to Disney World. The team hoped to gain knowledge and experience in their travels, and came back with a winning record of 4-1.

Senior Ashlee Moran says of the trip: “Not only did we bond as a team on and off the field, but being able to spend five days in Disney brought us closer together and we really came back a family.”

With only three graduating seniors last year, the Mustangs are bringing back almost their entire varsity with six seniors on the roster.

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Absegami notes: Ardente off to strong start for Braves

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 03:29 pm

Absegami's Matt Ardente Bill LeConey/Absegami's Matt Ardente pitches in the seventh inning of his complete-game win over Millville. Absegami junior Matt Ardente threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Egg Harbor Township on April 8, striking out 10 and giving up six hits with a lone walk.

On April 3, Ardente permitted one run and four hits en route to a complete-game 2-1 win over Mike Trout's old team, the Millville Thunderbolts. He had seven strikeouts. The Braves scored both of their runs in the first inning to give Ardente an early lead.

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EHT notes: Houghton scores 100th as Eagles stay unbeaten

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 03:15 pm

houghton EHT lacrosse player Connor Houghton Egg Harbor Township High School lacrosse star Connor Houghton scored his 100th career goal in a 10-6 win over Middle Township on April 9.

Ryan King led EHT with three goals. Kyler Bordonaro had two goals and two assists, and Sal Avellino scored twice.

Goalie Andrew "Rooster" Baumgartel made 10 saves for the victory.

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ACHS notes: Ortiz breaks school record in pole vault

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 03:12 pm

Laura Ortiz eclipsed her own school record in the pole vault in the Atlantic City High School girls track and field team’s 101-39 loss to Hammonton on April 1. Her winning vault was 8 feet, 6 inches, surpassing the mark of 8-0 that she set in 2012.

Jada Jefferson also had a memorable day, earning victories in the 400-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

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Holy Spirit notes: DiIanni throws no-hitter vs. Mainland

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:36 pm

DiIanni Submitted/Holy Spirit pitcher Mike DiIanni fires a pitch during his no-hitter against Mainland on April 8. Holy Spirit High School pitcher Mike DiIanni, who was on the wrong end of a no-hitter by Egg Harbor Township's Misael Castillo last week, got his own no-no on April 8 against Mainland, striking out seven in a 2-0 win.

Here's a roundup of recent Holy Spirit action:

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Mini-Mites are having mighty fun at Flyers Skate Zone

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:06 am

minimites1 Bill LeConey/Mini-mite player Stevie Devinney goes for possession of the puck during a game last Sunday at Flyers Skate Zone. ATLANTIC CITY – If last Sunday’s “Mini-Mites on Ice” session at the Flyers Skate Zone is any indication, the future of area youth ice hockey is in good hands.

More importantly, it’s in for some fun, exciting times.

Nearly 20 youngsters ages 4-6 were on the ice at the Skate Zone, skating hard, shooting and passing the puck, entering and exiting the ice on coordinated shifts, and staying upright (for the most part) on their skates.

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Softball: Absegami already ahead of last year’s win pace

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:47 am

gamisoftball Bill LeConey/Absegami softball player Bobbi Beck takes a cut against Vineland on Thursday, April 3. Beck, a sophomore, pitched all 10 innings in a victory over Atlantic City on April 2 that snapped the Braves' 20-game losing streak. GALLOWAY - The Absegam iHigh School softball team experienced something last week that it didn’t experience in all of 2013: a victory.

Absegami beat Atlantic City 6-5 in 10 innings on April 2 for its first win in 21 games. The Braves rallied for the win on a game-tying RBI triple by Taylor Martin with two outs in the seventh inning and Jenna King's RBI double in the 10th. Sophomore Bobbi Beck pitched all 10 innings for the winners, striking out five.

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