2004-05-07 / Sports

Rockaway High School Sports Weekly Update

Baseball
By Elio Velez

Rockaway High School Sports Weekly Update


The Beach Channel Tennis Girls (left to right: Karen Paz, Zaraida Gasby, Tiara Howard, Melissa Lopez, Sara Wilson, Amanda Lang and Tiffanie Parchment) will play in the first round of the Division B playoffs against EBC Bushwick.The Beach Channel Tennis Girls (left to right: Karen Paz, Zaraida Gasby, Tiara Howard, Melissa Lopez, Sara Wilson, Amanda Lang and Tiffanie Parchment) will play in the first round of the Division B playoffs against EBC Bushwick.

By Elio Velez

Baseball

Raul Marrero pitched a complete game win for the Far Rockaway (3-6) in a 10-8 win at Beach Channel (6-2) last Tuesday.

"They came in focused today and I saw it yesterday in practice that they were determined to come in and get a win", said Far Rockaway head coach Ken Hernandez.


Far Rockaway’s (left to right) Felipe Santos, Raul Marrero and Juan Ayala raise his fist in celebration after a 10-8 Far Rockaway victory at Beach Channel.Far Rockaway’s (left to right) Felipe Santos, Raul Marrero and Juan Ayala raise his fist in celebration after a 10-8 Far Rockaway victory at Beach Channel.

The peninsula series brought out a competitive effort by both teams. The Dolphins committed too many mental mistakes and the Seahorses capitalized on those mistakes.

"It’s really emotional when you do it here. We haven’t won here in years even since 1999 when we went to the playoffs," Hernandez said. "They have swept us every year since. This is definitely big and is a quality win for us".

"We didn’t play like we should have and we deserved exactly we got today. We played like we had already won. We were playing very well in our last 4 games and just didn’t do it today", said Dolphins head coach Thomas Kazalski.

Girls Tennis

It was a victory over Jamaica High School that helped Beach Channel (6-4 Queens BII) to qualify for the PSAL B Championships. Jamaica won the division with an 8-2 record but it was also lifted a huge monkey off the back of the Dolphins, who had lost to Jamaica eight consecutive times since the 2001 season.

"We went back there on the 30th (April) and it was so close the last time we faced them (Dolphins lost 3 sets to 2 on April 23). It felt like the curse of the bambino. But we ended up beating them 4-1," said head coach Clare Cohen.

"You should have seen my face when I beat her, I was like it can’t be true", exclaimed the Dolphins’ Amanda Lang, who beat Jamaica’s Aurora Peters to clinch the victory.

Sophomore Tiffanie Parchment is 9-0 in singles matches this year to lead the Dolphins and will play in the PSAL Individual Tennis Championship along with her teammate Lang on May 8 at McDonals Avenue Courts in Brooklyn.

"I think my serves are getting better and I’m hitting the ball faster and over the net from last year", Parchment says.

The Dolphins will travel to Highland Park in Brooklyn and face Bushwick, 9-1, and champions the Brooklyn B1 Division today at 4 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs.

Far Rockaway finished the year with a 2-8 record.

Boys Tennis

The Dolphins (9-5) qualified for the PSAL B playoffs and will travel to Manhattan to face Murry Bergtraum (10-0) today at 4 p.m. Timothy Ramchatesingh and Gabriel Martinez will play in the PSAL Individual Championships on May 8 at Forest Hills High School. Sebastain Stefaniak and Jahvis Ferguson will play in the Doubles championship on May 19 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow.

Volleyball

After a 2-1 loss to Hillcrest on April 27, the Beach Channel Dolphins needed to rebound very quickly with some wins. In a tight divisional race with Richmond Hill and Hillcrest, Beach Channel had to keep pace with their rivals to possibly get the chance to win the division and make the playoffs.

With two wins over Campus Magnet on April 29 and August Martin on May 3, the Dolphins (9-2) have the chance to not only control their destiny but also watch their two divisional rivals battle it out. A doubleheader at Richmond Hill today at 4:30 will pit Beach Channel vs. John Adams (7-4) and Richmond Hill (9-2) will battle against Hillcrest (9-2).

If the Dolphins win, they may face either Richmond Hill or Hillcrest in a possible divisional playoff tiebreaker either on May 10 or May 11, according to the PSAL. But the Dolphins must first take care of business by defeating Adams for that playoff scenario to occur.

Girls Soccer

The Far Rockaway Seahorses (6-3-1, 19 points, Queens B II) are on a 5 game unbeaten streak with wins over Beach Channel and Robert F. Wagner.

After a tight 1-0 first half against the Dolphins, a 5-goal explosion in the second half paced the Seahorses to the win. Troy-Ann Bailey scored 3 goals, and Shickona Asfall netted 2 goals.

In a 3-0 win over Robert F. Wagner at home, the Seahorses got two goals from Shickona Asfall and Cindy Coreus scored on a penalty kick. High School of Art and Business, who leads the division at 9-1, will travel to Far Rockaway today at 4 p.m. for a divisional matchup.

With two losses to Far Rockaway, 6-0 and Long Island City, 8-0, the Beach Channel Dolphins fell to 0-9 on the season.

Softball

Beach Channel (8-0) will play today at home against Campus Magnet and tomorrow at home against Van Buren at 9 a.m.

Scoring 21 runs in the first three innings, it was more than enough for the Far Rockaway Seahorses to win their 5th game of the year, 21-4 over Springfield Gardens. Natasha Sanchez went 4-4, 2 HR and 4 RBI, Patrice Mckenzie went 3-4, 2 HR and 4 RBI and Stephanie Minnette also contributed 4 hits. Evelyn Quist allowed 2 hits in 5 innings for the victory.

Stella Maris has won three consecutive games this past week and are 9-4 in the CHSAA Division. Katie Scotko pitched three consecutive dominating games as she held struck out 8 batters in a 10-0 victory over St. John’s Prep, threw a 1 hitter in a 5-2 win over Christ the King and threw another 1 hitter in a 12-0 win over St. Agnes.

Though Hillcrest is only 4-5 on the year, Sherelle Cook of Hillcrest has been hitting the ball very well as she has batted .524 with 8 RBI and 11 SB on the season… Rockaway resident Kristen Connor hit two triples and three RBI for Molloy in a 21-0 conquest of St. Agnes on April 30…Dawn Duggan of Midwood (7-1 Brooklyn 1A) allowed three hits and struck out 8 batters in a 13-2 win over Fort Hamilton.

Other Notes

Spring football practice has started for Beach Channel and Far Rockaway and will continue until the end of the month.

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 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@rockawave.com.


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