Atlantic County Current Sports

A picture-perfect weekend for CAL football

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 30, 2014 02:11 pm

ACFB1 Jen Marra/Atlantic City’s Jamir Prevard gets a pass off just ahead of a hit by Ocean City’s Christian Baumgardner. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise for football (not sure we can say the same about this coming weekend). Here's a look back - in pictures and words - at several Cape-Atlantic League football games from last Friday and Saturday. Photos by Jen Marra and Matt Strabuk (scroll down for more photos).

In Ocean City on Friday night, Oct. 24, Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard threw two touchdown passes - to Michael Barillo and Douglas DeBerry - and also connected with Tyleek Jones on a two-point conversion to give the Vikings a much-needed 14-0 win over Ocean City.

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Five area teams among NJSIAA playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 29, 2014 04:35 pm

creek1 Jen Marra/Cedar Creek’s Khamir Harvey tries to break away from a tackle last week against Lower Cape May. Absegami and Atlantic City both moved back among the leaders in their NJSIAA groups and Cedar Creek is right on the edge among teams from The Current’s Atlantic County area. As high school football approaches its eighth weekend, just two weekends remain before the NJSIAA deadline, there are five local teams in playoff position.

After beating Ocean City last Friday, Atlantic City has moved into a tie with Southern for No. 8 in Group V. The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs. Egg Harbor Township dropped to No. 7 in the group after losing to St. Augustine. Atlantic City is just one power point ahead of No. 10 Millville, the Vikings’ opponent this week.

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EHT resident Tabora leads Prep past hometown team

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:40 pm

EHTPrep Bill LeConey/EHT resident Jose Tabora of St. Augustine Prep threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in last week’s victory over his hometown team. BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP - St. Augustine Prep quarterback Jose Tabora from Egg Harbor Township said he was "juiced up" to play his hometown team. That was very apparent in a 54-7 victory over EHT last Friday night, Oct. 24, in Richland.

Tabora threw three touchdowns passes and ran 50 yards for a key touchdown as the Hermits broke open a tight game late in the second quarter.

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Aldridge, DelConte lead teams to county cross-country titles

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:21 pm

XCchamp1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional’s Alyssa Aldridge approaches the finish line to win the Atlantic County girls cross country championship in 17 minutes, seven seconds. HAMMONTON - It was a very good (and very fast) day for the Mainland Regional girls and the Egg Harbor Township boys at the Atlantic County Cross Country Championships Oct. 23 at Hammonton Lake Park.

Mainland freshman Alyssa Aldridge won the first of what's likely to be several county titles in her promising career. Aldridge won the 2.9-mile girls race with a time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds – one of the fastest times ever for a girls winner at Hammonton Lake Park – and leading the Mainland girls to the team title in the event.

In the boys race, EHT senior Vince DelConte finished first in 14 minutes, 58 seconds to lead the Eagles to their first team title since 2010. EHT's Aditya Joshi, Ryan Grant, Austin Henry and Angelo Pellegrini also finished in the top 15.

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NJSIAA soccer: Area teams get seeded for playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:54 pm

oaksoccer Jenna Sayers, left, and the Oakcrest girls soccer team will host Hammonton in the first round of the South Jersey Group III soccer tournament. The seedings for the NJSIAA high school soccer tournaments, boys and girls, were announced Wednesday at meetings in Robbinsville. Several Current-area teams found out where they are going and who they are playing when the playoffs begin next week.

In South Jersey Group III girls, Oakcrest is the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Hammonton in the first round. Also in Group III, No. 13 Mainland will travel to No. 4 Toms River South in the first round.

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ACHS field hockey registers milestone playoff victory

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, October 27, 2014 11:57 pm

ACFH1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City senior Abby Anmuth shoots on goal during Monday's playoff game against Millville. ATLANTIC CITY – Chalk up another first for the Atlantic City High School field hockey team: the Vikings celebrate with silly string.

The party was well deserved, of course, as they had just recorded the first playoff victory in program history, a 4-0 win over Millville Monday in a first-round South Jersey Group IV game at Atlantic City High School.

“It feels really good,” said first-year coach Ali Juliano after her team’s latest victory of a breakthrough season. “We’ve been working towards it the entire season, and we just continue to improve and to work together, and it really shows on the field.”

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EHT Eagles net 10th win on wet, windy turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:53 pm

John Redding John Redding EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The conditions were about what you'd expect from a soccer game played in a driving, windswept rainstorm. But they suited John Redding and the Egg Harbor Township Eagles just fine.

Redding slipped loose to score one of two goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Atlantic City on EHT’s artificial turf field.

“I was looking for the through ball,” Redding said of his goal in the 77th minute, his seventh of the season. “No. 18 (Jon Gjyleri) sent me through with a great pass. I took on two defenders and used my speed. The goalie pressed and I toe-poked it in, left corner. My speed and strength are the key for me, and confidence on the ball.”

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ACHS field hockey to host Millville in playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:21 pm

ACHS field hockey The Atlantic City High School field hockey team was rewarded for its breakthrough 12-win season with a South Jersey Group IV home playoff game when the seedings and pairings were announced Thursday.

The downside of success: if the No. 8 Vikings win that first-round game vs. Millville, they will travel to Eastern to face another team named the Vikings - this one the winner of 14 consecutive state championships.

Atlantic City coach Ali Juliano said the game against Millville on the ACHS artificial turf field will likely be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27. 

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Absegami, AC drop out from NJSIAA football playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 22, 2014 01:12 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/The Atlantic City Vikings, including quarterback Jamir Prevard, right, and running back Aquan Conaway face a must-win situation the next two weeks (at Ocean City, at Millville) to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Absegami and Atlantic City high school varsity football teams dropped out of the Group V top-eight and Cedar Creek rebounded in the Group II playoff standings after last weekend’s football results were posted.

They join varsity football teams from across South Jersey in a race to qualify for the playoffs before the Nov. 8 deadline.

After losing to St. Joseph last Friday, Atlantic City dropped to No. 10 in Group V.

The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs.

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Pro soccer goalie hopes to make saves vs. domestic violence

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:41 pm

newloyden Bill LeConey/Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden talks to Absegami student-athletes about domestic violence on Oct. 17. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden from Vineland spoke to Absegami High School student-athletes on Friday, Oct. 17. The topics included life, international travel, sports, and the issue of domestic violence, which has been in the news far too often of late.

And when Loyden speaks on that issue, it's coming from a very personal place.

Loyden lost her sister and best friend, Britton, 23, in 2012 in what police have characterized as a domestic violence attack. Britton's former boyfriend, the father of their 2-year-old son, is charged with murder and is awaiting trial.

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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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