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Baby steps with a purpose for new AC lacrosse program

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, March 26, 2015 01:12 pm

aclax1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City freshman Connor Campbell (4) plays in his first varsity game for the Vikings on Wednesday. Campbell already has a foundation of skills in the sport through his play with the Margate Riptides youth lacrosse program. ATLANTIC CITY – There are surely better days ahead - and hopefully soon - for the fledgling Atlantic City High School boys lacrosse team, which lost to Lower Cape May Regional 16-0 Wednesday in the program's first ever varsity game. 

The Vikings, also playing their first Cape-Atlantic League game on their artificial turf field, couldn't get anything going against a very good Lower team.

Pete Tomlin scored four goals while Cole Blackley and Matt Leonard added two each for Lower, which is coming off its first ever South Jersey Group I playoff appearance.

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What NJSIAA football proposal would mean to the CAL

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:31 pm

There is a proposal that should come before the general membership of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association that would change the way high school football is structured in the state. 

If it is approved, here is what the CAL might look like in 2016.

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NJSIAA proposal would create parochial-only football league

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 24, 2015 03:47 pm

njsiaa A series of very interesting proposals came out of Tuesday's meeting of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association public/non-public committee in Atlantic City.

The most interesting - some would say most necessary - change would create a parochial-only football league to start in 2016.

If approved, St. Joseph, St. Augustine Prep and Holy Spirit would leave the Cape-Atlantic League for football. Public schools could still play parochial schools in non-league games, but public schools would no longer have to keep getting hammered in league play by non-public schools that can recruit and draw players from throughout the region. Holy Spirit, St. Joe and St. Augustine are a combined 59-10 against CAL public schools the past three seasons.

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Nineteen players from area to play in All Star Saturday

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:25 pm

allstar1 Matt Strabuk/Audrey Wilson of Holy Spirit, an Absecon resident, goes up for a basket against Absegami’s Eva Sodaitis of Galloway as Holy Spirit's Natalie Neiderhofer trails the play. Seniors Wilson and Sodaitis will play against each other one last time in Saturday’s Prime Events All-Star Saturday at Ocean City High School. OCEAN CITY - Nineteen players from area high schools will put on their basketball uniforms one last time on Saturday March 28 to play in The 14th Annual All Star Saturday at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium.

Prime Events All Star Saturday will be held at Ocean City High School on Saturday with the best seniors from the Cape-Atlantic League facing off in the final two basketball games of four that celebrate the present and future of the CAL.

The two high school games, starting at 4:30 p.m., will match the best CAL seniors. Because the CAL is aligned into three conferences, the all star teams were drafted based on the all star voting of the league’s coaches.

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Successful CAL basketball season wraps up

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:00 pm

newhoopswrap1 Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep’s sensational junior point guard Sa’eed Nelson, an Absecon resident, was named CAL Player of the Year after helping his team win the league championship and reach the Non-Public South A title game. A Tournament of Champions doubleheader Monday night in Trenton wrapped up the high school basketball season except for a few all-star games.

The Lower Cape May girls won the South Jersey Group II title. It’s the fifth straight year a Cape Atlantic League team has won either a boys or girls state title and the 44th time in the past 45 years.

On the boys side, St. Augustine won its first CAL title since 2011 and its eighth CAL title overall. The Prep also reached the Non-Public A South Jersey final before running into an unusually hot-shooting Christian Brothers Academy.

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Mainland girls, Prep boys win varsity eight races at Lenape Sprints

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:38 am

newsprints1 Matt Strabuk/The Atlantic City girls crew finished third in the women’s varsity eight final at the Lake Lenape Sprints I with a time of five minutes, 28.58 seconds. In the boat for Atlantic City were Jamie Walters, Lauren Stinson, Jacy Craig, Abbey Person, Maddy Gragg, Erin Rafter, Abbey Gragg, Danielle Naoum and coxswain Lara Storr. It was a brisk early-spring day on the waters of Lake Lenape in Hamilton Township, where several area high schools competed in the opening event of the local crew season, the Lake Lenape Sprints I, on Saturday, March 21.

The St. Augustine Prep boys and the Mainland Regional girls were the biggest winners of the day, capturing their respective varsity eight races. But several other schools - Atlantic City, Cedar Creek, Absegami - also had their moments in the (not-so-bright or warm) sun.

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ACHS to induct 10 into Hall of Fame

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 03:17 pm

ACHall1 Tory Cavalieri The Atlantic City High School Hall of Fame Association announced the 2015 inductees who will be honored at a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 17 at the high school. Admission to the ceremony is $5.

The purpose of the Association is to honor players, coaches, individuals and teams who have made a distinctive contribution to the rich athletic history of the high school. The 2015 induction class consists of an impressive list of athletes, teams and outstanding contributors, including:

Tory Cavalieri, Class of 2000. Cavalieri was among the greatest guards in Viking basketball history. He was Press player of the year in 2000, all-conference, all-South Jersey and second team all-state. He was a three-year starter and captain at St. Francis College.

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Absegami sophomore breaks the ice for Mainland hockey team

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:19 pm

gamihockey1 Julie Hazard/Absegami Supervisor of Athletics Steve Fortis, left, and Principal Dr. Jeri-Lynn Gatto, right, congratulate Absegami sophomore Mickenzie Restle on his efforts with the Mainland Regional ice hockey team. Mickenzie Restle, an Absegami High School sophomore, is an ice hockey player, not a wrestler, and he plays for the Mainland Regional High School hockey club.

It’s a bit confusing, but it makes perfect sense when you watch Restle glide effortlessly on the ice like he was born to play hockey.

He scored a team-high 23 goals and compiled 38 points in leading Mainland to a 13-2-2 record and its first-ever appearance in the prestigious Flyers Cup Scholastic Championships.

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Northfield youngster finds success with a new racquet

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 17, 2015 03:05 pm

newracquet1 Submitted/Nick Walsh, 14, of Northfield is No. 3 in the state in the latest 16-and-under USA Racquetball rankings, and No. 46 in the nation in the 14-and-under category. Nick Walsh took to racquetball with the same relish that a bear takes to honey. And the results have been similarly sweet.

Walsh, a 14-year-old honors student at Northfield Community School, has only been playing racquetball for about 15 months. But already, through hard work and inherent ability, he is ranked No. 3 in New Jersey in the 16 and under age group, and No. 46 in the nation in the 14 and under rankings.

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Holy Spirit's D'Arcy caps career with state wrestling title

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, March 08, 2015 11:23 pm

darcycelebrate Mike Schultz/Pat D'Arcy is embraced by his coach Ralph Paolone after winning the 126 pound NJSIAA state title on Sunday At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY – Pat D'Arcy is the best 126 pound wrestler in the State of New Jersey.

With a chip on his shoulder and a monkey on his back, D'Arcy defeated nationally ranked (5th) Anthony Cefolo of Hanover Park 4-1 in double overtime on Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to win the 2015 NJSIAA state championship.

"It's incredible," D'Arcy said "I had to come out and make it happen. This is South Jersey, this is the state tournament, this is what I wanted."

The victory completed a three-year ascension up the medal podium for D'Arcy. In 2013, he placed third at 106 pounds. In 2014 he placed second at 113 pounds.

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Holy Spirit girls, CBA boys win Greenhead Sprints

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, March 08, 2015 02:14 pm

greenhead1 Brett Hanson of Holy Spirit won the varsity boys competition with a time of 6:19.5. BRIGANTINE – Perennial champions Holy Spirit and Christian Brothers Academy were the big winners at the Greenhead Sprints indoor rowing regatta on March 7 at the Brigantine North Elementary School.

CBA, from Lincroft, took home the boys high school championship trophy for the fourth straight year, while Holy Spirit won the girls title.

In the event, sponsored by the Brigantine Rowing Club, high school rowing coaches each put together an eight-member crew to represent their schools in the championship competition—two athletes from their varsity, junior varsity, lightweight and freshman crews.

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D'Arcy to wrestle for 126-pound state title today

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, March 08, 2015 08:49 am

darcy0307 Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit senior Pat D'Arcy reached the state final for the second straight year. Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy will march in the Parade of Champions today.

After that, he will wrestle for the chance to be the best 126 pounder in New Jersey.

D'Arcy, a Holy Spirit senior and Galloway resident, won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Saturday during the NJSIAA State Championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

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Vikings fall to Cherry Hill East in South Jersey semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, March 07, 2015 10:19 pm

AC1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Leon Daniels, left, was looking up at Cherry Hill East from a big deficit for most of Saturday's Group IV semifinal. ATLANTIC CITY – When it gets to this point in the season and to this heated level of playoff competition, you can throw the seedings, records, power points and just about everything else out the window.

And when a team as good as Cherry Hill East plays as well as it did Saturday, with a loud and enthusiastic fan section along for the ride, home court advantage doesn’t count for much, either.

“I thought the better team won,” said Atlantic City coach Gene Allen after his team lost to Cherry Hill East, 66-56, in a South Jersey Group IV semifinal game Saturday at Atlantic City High School.

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Fresh legs lift Mustangs past Moorestown into semifinal round

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, March 07, 2015 09:22 pm

main1 Bill LeConey/Mainland junior Megan Stafford scored 12 points in Saturday's playoff win over Moorestown. LINWOOD – Their "cabin fever" finally broke, and the Mainland Regional Lady Mustangs had a lot of pent-up energy to release on Saturday.

The Mustangs, rested and ready after two days off because of the late winter storm, beat Moorestown 44-20 in a South Jersey Group III quarterfinal game in Linwood.

Freshman Gabby Boggs scored 14 points and junior Megan Stafford added 12 for the third-seeded Mustangs, who hadn’t played or practiced since a first-round win over Gloucester Tech last Wednesday.

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