Atlantic County Current Sports

Atlantic City faces St. Augustine in Battle by the Bay Friday

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 30, 2015 11:11 am

PrepHS Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep's Justyn Mutts throws down a slam dunk in last Saturday's victory over Holy Spirit. The 20th annual Battle by the Bay Invitational basketball tournament invades Atlantic City High School this weekend, with nine games spread over three days. The big game involving area teams takes place Friday night, when host Atlantic City faces St. Augustine Prep (7:30 p.m.) in a matchup of two of the best teams in the Cape-Atlantic League.

Atlantic City is 8-3 overall and leads the CAL American Conference with a 5-0 mark. St. Augustine Prep is 14-1 overall and sits atop the CAL National at 6-0.

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EHT's Sarhan, Cedar Creek's Kelly among CAL swim champions

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:19 pm

CALswim1 Bill LeConey/EHT's Leenah Sarhan, left, and Cedar Creek's Lauren Kelly. The best friends and EHT Seahawks teammates both won CAL championships on Thursday. ATLANTIC CITY - The rising stars of area high school swimming competed in the Cape-Atlantic League individual championships Thursday at Atlantic City High School.

Several of the younger athletes swam right to the front of the class.

Egg Harbor Township High School freshman Leenah Sarhan won two individual CAL championships - the 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter breaststroke - and joined with three EHT teammates to win the 200 medley relay.

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Stafford, Mustangs mesh perfectly in win over Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:50 pm

mainCC1 Bill LeConey/Mainland's Megan Stafford scored a game-high 16 points in Wednesday's win over Cedar Creek. LINWOOD – All the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly for the Mainland Regional girls basketball team in a 49-36 win over Cedar Creek in a Cape-Atlantic League inter-conference game Wednesday night.

Megan Stafford was “in the zone” all night, hitting most of her shots for a game-high 16 points along with timely rebounding. Melanie Malcolm (14) and freshman Gabby Boggs (6) chipped in some offense and provided great interior defense on Creek star Casey Thomas.

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Spartans shut down Crusaders to close out Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:46 pm

spiritgirls1 Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit’s Audrey Wilson (10) and Amanda Reale (40) team up to keep Wildwood Catholic’s Olivia Rulon from scoring. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit Lady Spartans had their wake-up call in mid-January, with discouraging back-to-back losses to Middle Township and Atlantic City.

Now, they seem to be wide awake and looking forward to a bright stretch run.

The Spartans closed out the 20th edition of the 97.3 ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout Sunday in fitting fashion, with a decisive 57-29 victory over Wildwood Catholic on their home court.

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Mo’ne Davis packs them in at the Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:39 pm

monedavis1 Alan Dumoff/Mo’ne Davis (15) handles the ball for Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy against Timber Creek at the Girls Basketball Shootout at Holy Spirit. ABSECON - Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis, 13, drew a huge crowd to the Holy Spirit High School gym on Sunday, Jan. 25, for the 97.3 ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout.

Davis, who was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year after becoming the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer, is the starting point guard as an eighth grader for the varsity basketball team at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.).

Though her team lost to Timber Creek, 60-38, Davis hit a couple 3-point shots, made some pretty passes, and brought a lot of fans and exposure to the outstanding girls high school basketball on display at the 20th annual Shootout.

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Essex, Vikings elevate their game at Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:29 pm

ACSJgirls1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City junior Alyvia Essex had a team-high 15 points in a win over St. Joseph on Saturday, Jan. 24. ABSECON - The Atlantic City High School Lady Vikings have been up and down this season, as coach Chris Ford Jr. readily admits.

On Saturday Jan. 24 at the 97.3-ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout at Holy Spirit High School, the Vikings were definitely "up."

Atlantic City used aggressive defense and just enough offense to beat St. Joseph 43-30. Alyvia Essex scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the first quarter, and teammates Lajerah Wright and Alexis Harris contributed 10 points apiece for the Vikings, who improved to 7-4 on the season.

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Spirit rally falls short in thriller vs. Prep

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:39 pm

spiritprep1 Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit’s Jordan Taylor scores on an acrobatic layup against St. Augustine Prep. ABSECON – A lot of people wondered if Saturday's big "Holy War" boys basketball showdown between Holy Spirit and St. Augustine Prep would live up to the hype.

The answer: It did.

St. Augustine won a thriller, 55-52, in front of a loud and raucous crowd packed to the rafters and the emergency exits of Spirit's cozy 50-year-old gym.

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Little's hustle, timely shot lead Oakcrest past Cedar Creek

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, January 24, 2015 04:38 pm

oak1 Mike Schultz/Trevor Little converts one of his two free throws. Little's hustle play late in the fourth quarter and his timely three-point shooting proved to be the difference maker for the Falcons in the win. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A hustle play and three-point shooting made all the difference for the Oakcrest boys basketball team in a 49-33 win over Cedar Creek on Friday night Jan. 23 at Oakcrest High School.

The Falcons were hanging on to a five-point lead with 5:43 left to play in the fourth quarter.

What appeared to be a sure turnover for the Falcons and a chance for the Pirates to cut the Falcon lead to at least three points turned out to be a mirage.

Oakcrest's Trevor Little darted towards a ball that was headed out of bounds. He dove for it, caught it in mid-air, threw it off the body of a Cedar Creek player and slammed violently into the gym wall.

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Crusaders hand Pirates a loss – and a model to emulate

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:15 pm

CCreekWC1 Bill LeConey/Wildwood Catholic's Kevin McWade points his team in the right direction Thursday against Cedar Creek. EGG HARBOR CITY – First-year Cedar Creek High School basketball coach Wayne Nelson didn’t have to look far Thursday to see what kind of program he is trying to develop: it was standing on the other side of the court at Mohr Gymnasium.

Wildwood Catholic took full control of the Cape-Atlantic League United Conference race with a 64-46 win over Cedar Creek Thursday.

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Local teams, Mo’ne Davis highlight girls hoops shootout

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 05:01 pm

HSshootout Submitted/Mo’ne Davis, an eighth grader, is playing for the varsity basketball team at Springside Chestnut Academy. Mo’ne Davis took the amateur sports world by storm last summer. This weekend will be your chance to see the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in person.

Davis, who became the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer when she did so for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, is the starting point guard for Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.), which is one of eight high school girls basketball teams competing in the 20th annual 97.3-ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout Saturday and Sunday at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

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Tomasello pours in 22 as Creek girls overwhelm ACIT

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:03 pm

newCCreek1 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek senior Maddy Tomasello scored a career-high 22 points in a Jan. 20 win over ACIT. EGG HARBOR CITY - The road to the Cape-Atlantic League United Conference girls basketball championship has gone through Egg Harbor City, home of the Cedar Creek High School Pirates, the last two years.

The Pirates seem determined to keep it that way.

Cedar Creek, despite the absence of big forward Fatimah Blackwell due to an injured foot, easily defeated upstart Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 72-29, in a first-place showdown Tuesday night at Mohr Gymnasium.

Senior Maddy Tomasello shot the lights out for a career-high 22 points, including five 3-point shots, and Casey Thomas added 17 as the Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak and took sole possession of first place in the CAL United.

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EHT boys place fourth, set school records at state relays

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:36 pm

ehtboys EHT's Alvin Abraham The Egg Harbor Township High School boys indoor track and field team medaled in five events at the NJSIAA Group IV State Relays on Jan. 15, placing fourth overall in team score.

The distance medley relay team of Eric Barnes, Alex Dessoye, Robert Dessoye and Vinny Del Conte placed third, setting a school record with a time of 10 minutes, 36.77 seconds.

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Big-game Vikings come off the mat to beat Spartans

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:04 am

AC1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard gets ready to take a foul shot late in Friday's win over Holy Spirit. ATLANTIC CITY – Defensive intensity is a given for the Atlantic City Vikings. And they always seem to come up with some unlikely heroes that rise to the occasion. Throw in a few huge shots in big situations and you have a proven recipe for success.

The Vikings brewed up another tremendous formula on Friday night, putting it all together for a 59-52 victory over top rival Holy Spirit in a wildly entertaining Cape-Atlantic League game at Atlantic City High School.

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Creek’s Solomon makes solid first impression vs. D’Arcy

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 16, 2015 05:12 pm

solomondarcy1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit wrestler Pat D'Arcy (top) picks up some late points in his match against Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon. ABSECON - Andrew Solomon has climbed steadily upward in weight and class among the area’s best high school wrestlers. On Thursday he arrived at the penthouse suite.

Solomon, a Cedar Creek High School sophomore, faced Holy Spirit standout Pat D'Arcy for the first time Thursday in Absecon. D'Arcy came away with a 6-0 decision in a very competitive match at 126 pounds.

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