1999-12-04 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

Our sincerest thanks to Congressman Gregory Meeks for sponsoring a workshop to help members of the Far Rockaway community plan and pay for college. On Saturday, November 20, representatives of Sallie Mae held a free student aid workshop at FRHS, explaining to parents and students how to pay for college. Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, is the nation's largest source of funding and servicing support for education loans. Subjects discussed were grants, scholarships, awards, student loans and various free resources for students beginning college. The workshop was hosted by Congressman Gregory Meeks, who encouraged students to apply for all available student aid in pursuing higher education. This workshop was the first in a series of educational workshops to be held in various neighborhoods in Congressman Meeks' district, covering southeast Queens. Congressman Meeks is also able to sponsor entrants to the freshman class of September, 2000 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. All qualified students in the Congressman's congressional district (which includes Far Rockaway) may apply for these openings.

ETC!, Inc. wins second place:

Representatives of FRHS's Virtual Business Enterprise, ETC!, Inc., presented their Business Plan at Richmond Hill High School on Wednesday, November 17, together with 11 other Queens High Schools. ETC!, Inc.'s plan won second place in the competition.

PSAL Boys' Soccer "B" League tournament playoffs:

Far Rockaway High School's soccer coach, William Neylon, never imagined that his team would make it to the playoff this season after graduating eight starters from last year's team.

But how wrong he was. Not only did the Seahorses make it to the playoffs, they advanced through the first round victorious (3-2 against Lafayette H.S. in south Brooklyn), to the Quarterfinals. The PSAL's playoff season is a knockout tournament and the Seahorses were seeded eighth out of the remaining eight teams. In the Quarterfinals they were matched up against the first seeded team, Transit Tech High School. Far Rock shut out Transit Tech 2-1 giving the "Express" their first loss of the season. After that upset, Far Rock was called a Cinderella Team, and they then advanced to the semi-finals.

On Wednesday, November 17 the Far Rock boys' soccer team played Jamaica H.S. at L.I.U, Brooklyn campus. A scoreless 80 minutes of soccer was highlighted by a few chances on both sides, but mostly it was even. But eighth-seeded Far Rockaway was looking for another upset.

Then in the first overtime, the Seahorses (12-3-3) scored as a looping pass from Sean Ogbolue and a bicycle-kick finish from Kingsford Boamah passed the diving but helpless goalkeeper. Next, Jamaica scored on a corner kick in the second overtime.

Seahorses won the coin toss for the Penalty-kick round and chose to kick second. With a win a kick away, Joshua Reyes from the Rock sailed his final shot high over the crossbar and Jamaica escaped with the 3-3 tie. Far Rock found itself up 2-0 in the second round when keeper Okenfe Aighbe stopped a shot by Lopez (Jamaica). But then Jamaica stopped Roney Chery's shot. Jamaica scored twice, setting up a hit or go home shot for Captain Joshua Reyes. His shot was high again and the Seahorses lost their ticket to the finals on Saturday, November 20 against Flushing H.S. for the championship.

Coach Neylon said it was a great season: "I had a great team to work with.... We never gave up. These guys really worked hard as a team and deserve all the credit because they were winners through and through in spirit if not in deed."

FRHS will be back next year with 10 experienced players from this year's squad.

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