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Rockaway Is Represented In College Tournaments

By Elio Velez
Rockaway Is Represented In College Tournaments By Elio Velez

Rockaway Is Represented In College Tournaments
By Elio Velez

Kevin FitzgeraldKevin Fitzgerald

The NCAA Men and Women's basketball tournament has already started but the games will feature a local presence, especially in the women's tournament. The National Invitational Tournament also featured a Rockaway local.

Broad Channel's Tricia Tubridy will lead the #14 seeded Harvard Crimson as they face off against #3 Kansas State on Sunday, March 23 at 9:30 on ESPN 2. Harvard won the Ivy League regular season championship with a 22-4 record and 14-0 within the conference. The Crimson, who finished the year on a 14 game winning streak, will play in their second straight tournament.

The 6-foot Junior forward Tubridy was a Second Team All-Ivy choice and became the first player in school history to post a triple-double when she had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 72-61 win over Brown on February 7.

Tubridy started in all 26 games for the Crimson and averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds a game. The former Christ the King All Star was also named the Ivy League Player of the week for February 10. The Crimson hopes to escape from the first round after carrying a similar 13 game winning streak, was eliminated by North Carolina.

Tricia TubridyTricia Tubridy

For Clare Droesch of Boston College, the former Christ The King Player of the Year will once again play in the tournament. Boston College, the #5 seed, will go against first round opponent Old Dom-inion University, who is ranked 12th. The game will take place on Saturday, March 22 at 11:10 a.m. on ESPN. Last year, the Eagles were bounced in the first round by Texas.

The BC Eagles were 20-8 this season and 12-4 in the Big East conference. Droesch's sophomore season was up and down after an excellent freshman campaign. At the end of the year, Droesch picked up her play, which included 17 points in a big win over top 25 ranked Rutgers. The guard/forward should play a key role off the bench for the Eagles.

Belle Harbor native Kevin Fitzgerald was eliminated from the National Invitational Tournament when Boston University lost to St. John's 62-57 in the first round. The junior point guard scored 4 points in 22 minutes. The Terriers lost a heartbreaker in the American East Championship as they lost to Vermont 56-55 and failed to gain the automatic NCAA berth.

Despite the expected war with the United States and Iraq, the NCAA announced that there would be no stoppages of the Men and Women's basketball tournament. The NCAA implemented enhanced security plans at all cities that will host games.

Clare DroeschClare Droesch

NCAA President Myles Brand consulted with Tom Ridge and the Office of Homeland Security about the new planes. He insisted that the tournament would go on as scheduled.

''We will go on as scheduled without any changes of time, venue or format," said Brand. ''We are concerned that life goes on as normal. Our first concern is for the safety of the student-athletes and the fans. We will go forward with our plans to play games when and if war breaks out. Our overwhelming concern was that we were not going to let a tyrant run our lives. We know of no reason not to go forward with the games.''

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