2004-03-19 / Sports

AAU WaveRunners Getting Ready To Play

By Elio Velez
AAU WaveRunners Getting Ready To Play By Elio Velez

AAU basketball for boys and girls has been known for years to feature good quality of play and highly competitive. For children 8-19, it is a great opportunity to showcase their skills in tournaments from the city to throughout the country and to possibly gain high school and college scholarships.

Rob McHale and Charlie McLough lin were interested in creating an AAU team in Rockaway because Rockaway does not have a team. Most kids have to travel to Brooklyn, Long Island or other parts of Queens to get the chance to play.

"It started when Charlie and I got together, and there was nothing going on AAU wise", said General Manager Rob McHale.

The team they created is called the AAU WaveRunners and the team consists of 12-13 year old girls from the area.

The plan for the next few years is to expand with more teams. For now the WaveRunners practice at P.S. 114 and are getting ready to participate in their first tournament this weekend.

"We started in September and I knew a few of the girls who were in other programs. I decided we have enough talent in Rockaway to get some kids together and give it a shot", says President/ head coach Charlie McLoughlin.

This is a new endeavor for McHale, McLoughlin as well as coaches Claire Kennedy and Maura Buckley. They have been learning such as things as the rules, getting sponsors and scheduling practice time. The results have been rewarding because the girls are having fun.

Most players have played in the CYO leagues, including a few girls who played with the excellent St. Francis De Sales program. The team has practiced together the last few months and is ready to get on the floor to play.

McLoughlin is more than confident that his team will perform well.

"Based on what we have, we should do more than well this season. It’s good to be optimistic. I think we have the some of the best players in Queens".

The AAU Players: Nicole Van chieri, Erica O’Sullivan, Deidre Sacca, Ashley Marie Mcloughlin, Lorraine Reyes, Brittany Dombrowski, Dana Distabile, Alyssa Newman, Maire Buckley, Dianna Cortese and Hannah McHale.

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