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Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Give Back at Rescue Mission Gala Featuring Darryl Strawberry

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The Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Baseball team was proud to be asked to serve as ushers & greeters for this years Summer Fundraising Gala for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The event was held on August 14th, 2019 at the Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Grand Ballroom. The Keynote speaker for this year’s gala was Darryl Strawberry who graciously met with the coaches and players and took photos with the team.

Coach Rod Velardi presented Mr. Strawberry with a Buccaneers Baseball Team Tie, a Baseball Blazer Crest and the Team Handbook, making him an Honorary Buccaneer!

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission provides hope daily to thousands of individuals and families in need. They provide physical, emotional and other basic needs (through the provision of shelter, clothing, food, counseling, referral and structured programs) of the poor and those who struggle with addictive lifestyles in Atlantic City and the surrounding communities. Their commitment to serving the community mirrors the values and ethics of the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers who strive to be leaders both on and off the field.

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Buccaneers Baseball Team Supports Basketball against Ocean County

Buccaneers Baseball Night at Basketball
Staff Writer, February 5, 2019

The Gym on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus was rocking as the Baseball Buccaneers came out in force to support their brothers and sisters on the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they competed against the Ocean County College Vikings.

“We teach our guys to be men for others; supporting our fellow Buccaneer athletes is one small way – and a fun way – to fulfill that obligation,” said Head Buccaneer Baseball Coach Rod Velardi. And what a fun night it was. The Baseball team watched and cheered vigorously as the women Buccaneers soundly defeated the Vikings.

“Hopefully, having almost thirty players and coaches in the stands shouting and cheering them on helped motivate our young ladies,” added Velardi. “In any case, they looked terrific out there. I’m sure Coach Fred is proud. I know we were.”
After the game, the Baseball team congratulated the young ladies and they all posed to have their pictures taken together before they retired to the stands to share pizza as they waited for the men’s game to begin.

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Sean Dillon and Oscar Tejada join the line of Buccaneer Baseball Players as they Congratulate the Women’s Basketball Team on their great win. Smiles all around.


Buccaneer Baseball Players Join the Women’s Basketball Team for a Victory Pose after their terrific and exciting win over Ocean County


The ladies joined the Baseball Team as they enjoyed pizza together and waited for the men’s game to begin. And what a game it was. For most of the game it was like watching a heavyweight prize fight as the two teams charged up and down the court, exchanging blows and trading points in a tight see-saw battle as the first half ended with the Vikings up by only two points.


The Buccaneers Baseball Team watches intently as the men battle the visiting Vikings in a tense contest.

The second half started where the first half left off. Some spectacular dunks by the Buccaneers brought the Baseball Team to their feet yelling and cheering their comrades on. Back and forth they went. The Vikings pulled away at one point only to see the Buccaneers valiantly battle back. In the end, the Vikings pulled out the victory; but the Buccaneers never quit.

It made you wonder if there was more time, maybe the Bucs would have prevailed. We may never know. What we do know is it was a fun night for all involved and the Buccaneer basketball players – men and women – definitely impressed the baseball team.

Head Baseball Coach Rod Velardi succinctly summed up the evening, “This was a great night for our Baseball Team as we hope it was for the Basketball Teams. The students at this college really need to support their athletic teams. These kids work so hard and the games are terrifically entertaining. We will definitely do more of this next year. We salute the basketball teams and their wonderful coaches.”

In the meantime, Coach Velardi and his team have an exciting season of baseball coming up, starting Sunday, March 3 at beautiful Surf Stadium in Atlantic City. There is no doubt the baseball team is hoping for Atlantic Cape fans to show up and bring that Buccaneer Spirit with them!


Atlantic Cape Archers Compete in the 2018 United States National Collegiate Championships in Florida

The Atlantic Cape Community College Archery Team competed in the 2018 United States National Collegiate Championships, May 17 – 21, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. More than 500 archers representing 50 different colleges from across the country participated in the competition.

Atlantic Cape Community College archer Kerri Byrne of Egg Harbor Township, All East Female Compound Archer, finished in 12th place after scoring several victories in individual elimination competition. Byrne, together with teammate Matthew Schreiber of Mays Landing who finished in 20th place in the Male Compound Division, finished in 4th place in the Mixed Compound Team competition, losing a tight back and forth battle with Emmanuel College in the Bronze Medal match. Atlantic Cape defeated Michigan State University in the Quarterfinals, and lost to Hocking College in the Semifinals.  Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Archer Named to 2017 Collegiate Archery All-American Team

Atlantic Cape Community College archer Lorena Koidl of Point Pleasant was named to the 2017 Collegiate Archery All-American Team, a distinction that combines results from Collegiate Indoor and Outdoor National Championship Competitions and recognizes the top overall finishers. This was her second year earning the distinction while shooting for Atlantic Cape. She was also named to the Academic All-American Team, which recognizes the top shooters with the highest grade point average. Koidl graduated with honors this month with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Archery Team competed in the Outdoor National Collegiate Archery Championships May 17-22, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. More than 450 archers representing 40 different colleges from across the country participated in the competition.

Atlantic Cape Archery Team Picture

From left: John Repnicki, assistant coach; Phil Holmer of Northfield; Ariella Mossman of Somers Point; Lorena Koidl of Point Pleasant; Christine Papaycik of Egg Harbor Township; Nick Derr of Vineland; Kerri Byrne of Egg Harbor Township; and Chad Affrunti, head coach, at the National Collegiate Archery Championships.

Atlantic Cape Archers finished in the following places in individual competition:

Male Recurve:

Phil Holmer (Northfield) – 42nd

Male Bowhunter:

Nick Derr (Vineland) – 13th

Female Recurve:

Ariella Mossman (Somers Point) – 17th

Female Compound:

Kerri Byrne (Egg Harbor Township) – 10th

Christine Papaycik (Egg Harbor Township) – 33rd

Female Bowhunter:

Lorena Koidl (Point Pleasant) – 6th

Atlantic Cape’s team is led by long-time archers Chad Affrunti of Atco and John Repnicki of Galloway. Atlantic Cape’s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 50 All-American archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.

Athletics Department Hosting GSAC Food Drive Collection through Nov. 18

Atlantic Cape’s Athletics Department is participating in the Garden State Athletic Conference Thanksgiving Food Drive by collecting non-perishable food items at their home games:

  • 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 Men’s Game
  • 1 p.m. Nov. 12 Women’s Game
  • 3 p.m. Nov. 12 Men’s Game

There will also be a donation box in the gym lobby through Nov. 18.

Here’s the Scoop–June 16, 2016

Therese Halscheid, senior adjunct of creative writing and English, will be reading from her latest book, Frozen Latitudes, at a poetry and prose reading, 6-8 p.m., June 20 at Sea Isle City Public Library.

Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Medical Needs Shelter Team (MNST) directors recognized 2016 graduates of Atlantic Cape’s Nursing Program for their volunteerism. These students volunteered for the MNST while attending the Nursing Program. They were recognized for their participation in a number of the Medical Needs Shelter Team events including the Nursing Skills Fair and many table–top and actual training exercises conducted at the Anthony “Tony” Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township.

Recipients included Joshua Monk, Desmon Devery and Heather Skull.

Presenting the awards for volunteerism was Kristin Logue MSN, RN, Atlantic Cape alumna class of 2005, branch director of the MNST; and Ed Conover, deputy director of Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management.

Atlantic Cape Community College recently signed several student-athletes to NJCAA letters of intent.

Baseball: Antonio Caraballo of Egg Harbor Township High School, pitcher and third baseman. Caraballo is a Cape-Atlantic Honorable Mention selection and second baseman/outfielder Ryan Summers.

From Atlantic City High School, the Bucs signed catcher Andy Nunez Santos of Atlantic City and outfielder Usiel Marmalejos of Brigantine.

From Oakcrest High School, the Bucs signed pitcher David Sidwell of Mays Landing; and from Absegami pitcher/outfielder Gordon Neil III of Galloway.

Basketball: Courtney Hartman of Estell Manor has signed to play Women’s Basketball. Hartman, 18, graduates from the Atlantic County Technical Institute (ACIT) this month. Hartman was a 2nd team All CAL selection in her junior year.

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Courtney Hartman of Estell Manor signs to play on Atlantic Cape’s Women’s Basketball Team.

Cheer on Men’s Basketball in Playoffs Feb. 23

Atlantic Cape’s  men’s basketball team has advanced in the Region 19 playoffs and plays the No. 1 seed Camden County College Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Camden’s Blackwood Campus Gym at 6 p.m.
It’s just a short drive from our campus to CCC, 200 College Drive, Blackwood.
If you can’t make the game, get updates on Twitter @TheBucGuy

Women’s Basketball Player Named ‘Player of the Week’

Atlantic Cape Community College women’s basketball player Barbara Gedeon was named the National Junior College Athletic Association and Garden State Athletic Conference “Player of the Week” for Division III for the week ended Nov. 8. She earned the awards by averaging 19 points a game as the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers went 2-0 for the week.

Barbara Gedeon

Barbara Gedeon

Gedeon, 20, of Galloway is in her second season with the Bucs.

Here’s the Scoop — Nov. 13, 2015

Cody Lee is seated far right.

Cody Lee is seated far right.

Susan DeCicco, continuing education, is extremely proud of her son Cody Lee and the entire Oakcrest High School Marching Ambassadors Band for their recent Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship Group 1 first-place win on Oct. 31 at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Their hard work and dedication resulted in a fantastic winning season leading up to the TOB. Cody is a junior at Oakcrest and this is his second TOB win. Congrats ambassadors!

DIII_WBB_POTW_2_-_Barbara_GedeonAtlantic Cape women’s basketball player Barbara Gedeon was named the national player of the week for Division III for the week of Nov. 8. Barbara earned this award by averaging 19 points a game as the Bucs went 2-0 for the week, including a victory over #7, Brookdale.
Barbara is a respected student-athlete who also has volunteered her time on campus– most recently at the food bank project on campus last week.

Barbara received two awards this week: the Garden State Conference Player of the Week, and the National Junior College Athletic Association Award.

jacket-32714_640Do you have some coats, hats or gloves in your closet that you don’t really wear anymore, or that your children have outgrown? Please consider donating them to the CMCC coat drive for Syrian refugees, coordinated by Associate Professor of English Regina Van Epps. Needed items include: warm clothing for adults and children, diapers and formula, wipes, detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and personal hygiene supplies. Drop your items in the donation box at the base of the stairway on CMCC’s first floor. The drive runs through the end of the semester, Dec. 18.

Coats can be interoffice mailed from Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses, addressed to Lisa Apel-Gendron or Regina Van Epps.

Pictured left to right, English coordinator Richard Russell, Afton Koontz, Nina Washington, Dottie Dunayer, Gracellen Thorstensen, Larisa Platt, Jennifer Thomas, Eddie Horan and Ed Leszczynski. Not pictured here, but in attendance at the meeting were Nicole Tyner and Denise Coulter, dean of liberal studies.

The inaugural English Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee met on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The inaugural English Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee met on Thursday, Nov. 5, and was moderated by English coordinator Richard Russell. Attendees discussed a number of items, including composition course expectations, textbook selections and guidelines for promoting students. Senior Adjunct Jennifer Thomas discussed her partnership with Leslie Murtha in helping students begin their research papers in Composition II.

Pictured left to right, English coordinator Richard Russell, Afton Koontz, Nina Washington, Dottie Dunayer, Gracellen Thorstensen, Larisa Platt, Jennifer Thomas, Eddie Horan and Ed Leszczynski. Not pictured here, but in attendance at the meeting were Nicole Tyner and Denise Coulter, dean of liberal studies.

Pep Rally to Kick Off Basketball Season Opener TOMORROW

A pep rally is being held 12:30 p.m., tomorrow, Nov. 3, in the main cafeteria of the Mays Landing Campus to kick off the season opener for men’s and women’s basketball.

Wear your red and blue to show your Buccaneer team spirit! Free giveaways, music and signature cookies created by Academy of Culinary Arts students will be available.

Women’s game: 5 p.m.  v.  Montgomery County Community College

Men’s game: 7 p.m. v. Montgomery County Community College

Both games are home.