2004-04-23 / Sports

Spring Finally Blooms For High Schools

By Elio Velez

Spring Finally Blooms For High Schools

(Above) Far Rockaway’s Felipe Santos delivers to the plate. (Bottom) Townsend Harris’ Nikolas Kaloudis swings at one of his three hits in the game.(Above) Far Rockaway’s Felipe Santos delivers to the plate. (Bottom) Townsend Harris’ Nikolas Kaloudis swings at one of his three hits in the game.

By Elio Velez

The continual rains of early April looked to drown out an already backed up spring season of sports throughout the city. But as the skies cleared and the sun appeared, the engagement of high schools sports is in full swing.


It was at one point head coach Mark Sanchez believed that he could not get the requisite amount of players to fill a team. But Sanchez found enough players and the Dolphins find themselves in the hunt for a Queens III Divisional championship with a 6-1 record.

With a loss to Richmond Hill in two sets on April 19, the Dolphins lost their first game of the season. "We were too cocky," Sanchez admitted after the game. "Our team will hopefully get a bit more serious when we next play."

Sanchez has been happy with the overall play of his team. Sean McClernon and Alfred Kennerly are the veterans on the team and newcomers Soslan Dambegov and Olajide Sunmola Shin have played well.

With the loss of Stanley Laureano to knee surgery a week ago, the Dolphins will play with a shorter roster but they will still compete. "The kids will rise to the occasion against the better teams," Sanchez says.


Townsend Harris shelled Far Rockaway in a non-divisional league game at home by the score of 19-9. Pitcher Felipe Santos gave up 9 runs in two innings as Far Rockaway fell to 1-2. Newcomer Raul Marrero had 3 hits and 6 RBI for the Seahorses.

Finishing 6-9 in 2003, Far Rockaway head coach Ken Hernandez believes that his team has improved enough to get to the playoffs this year.

The Seahorses soundly defeated August Martin 12-4 one day after losing their first game to the Falcons.

"We went there (last) Friday and the kids looked even better. It’s like night and day," Hernandez says.

It will be Hernandez’s job to get the most of his players if a playoff appearance will occur. "There are some new kids and a lot of returners this year for us. I got to use a lot of kids and they got to step up."


Alvin Tirado, Rafael Cruz and Phil Collins are a few players who helped Far Rockaway win a 5-0 shutout of Grover Cleveland on April 21. Far Rockaway (3-5 overall, 2-4 Queens B) has won 3 out of their last 4 games.

Girls Soccer

The Beach Channel Dolphins fell to 0-6 as Far Rockaway received two goals from Troy An Bailey to win 4-1. Shickon Asfall and Dulce Herrera contributed goals. The Seahorses have a record of 2-3.

Girls Tennis

Doubles players Melissa Abrams and Sintia Gonzales, along with Andris Nova Luna and Mera Dusrat helped Far Rockaway (2-5) win 3-2 over Hillcrest on April 20.

Beach Channel (2-3) defeated Far Rockaway last Friday 5-0. Tiffani Parchment won 10-0 in singles competition and Karen Paz and Zaraida Gasby won in doubles.

Boys Tennis

Beach Channel easily defeated Hillcrest 5-0. Timothy Ramchatesing and Gabriel Martinez won in singles matches. The Dolphins are currently in second place with an 8-1 record in the Queens B division. Van Buren is 9-0 and the two teams will face off for a possible divisional championship on April 29.

Girls Softball

Stella Maris head coach Alyson Walsh was happy when her team defeated Mary Louis, 1-0, for the first time in 14 years. It was not until afterwards that Walsh found out how big that win was.

"I didn’t even know it was that long since we won. It was a great game," Walsh said.

Stella Maris is 6-3 and 3-2 within the Catholic Brooklyn/Queens league that features teams such as Christ the King, Molloy and St. Francis Prep.

"We have definitely improved. We’ve grown so much", Walsh says about her team. Pitcher Katie Scotko, a senior who will be attending Molloy College in the fall with an athletic scholarship, is one of the top players on the team.

"She is an excellent windmiller who can throw over 50 mph and has 4 pitches and she can hit the locations", says Walsh. "She has improved confidence in herself and in her team."

Beach Channel faced its toughest game of the year and barely won 11-10 over Martin Van Buren on April 21. Beach Channel’s (6-0) Jodi Vitale got the win and drove in two RBI. Shaunte Abrams also contributed 2 RBI as the Dolphins scored a run in the 7th inning to break a 10-10 tie.

Far Rockaway is on a roll as they won their third straight game with a 19-16 win against Campus Magnet. Patrice McKenzie won her fourth game of the year and drove in a team high 6 RBI. Stephanie Minette went 5 for 5 and stole 4 bases for the Seahorses (4-1). Beach Channel will take on Far Rockaway on April 28 at 4 p.m.

Other Notes

Sherelle Cook is a high school senior at Hillcrest High School who lives in Rockaway. She plays for the Lady Hawks softball team.

Sherelle is one of the top players in New York City. She was #12 in New York City for hits, #10 for home runs, with a batting average of .654, and a slugging percentage of 1.250. In the Queens 1B division she was #2 for homeruns, #9 for runs, #6 for RBI’s, and #5 for triples. Last year, Hillcrest had a record of 10-5. Sherelle is in the nursing program at Hillcrest High School working towards an L.P.N. licensure.

Rockaway residents Amy Fortuna, Kristen Connor and Suzanne Hurley are currently playing for the Archbishop Molloy varsity softball team. Molloy will play at Stella Maris in Fort Tilden on May 3.

The Wave would like to thank those who have submitted information about high school sports athletes who are playing for schools outside of the Rockaways. We would still like to spotlight those athletes and also report on those student-athletes who will be attending college in the fall.. Call 718-634-4000 or send email to sports@rock awave.com.

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