Atlantic County Current Sports

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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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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