H.S. Update: Pompanio Clinches Championship
H.S. Update: Pompanio Clinches Championship
By Elio Velez
Jennifer Pompanio raised her hands in the air after striking out Mary Louis’ Lauren Milczinski for the final out in Bishop Kearney’s 6-4 victory to win the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesean Championship.
As her teammates and fans celebrated, Jennifer felt that her late father Frank Pompanio, who died in the Flight 587 crash on November 12, 2001, was rooting for her as well in spirit.
"The first thing I said when I stepped on the mound was Dad you’re going to help me do this and then it was strike three and we won," Pompanio said as she helped the Tigers win the Brooklyn/Queens championship for the first time since 2000.
According to Bishop Kearney head coach Dennis Labisi, the team knew that Jennifer wanted to win for her father.
"She was playing for her father. It’s a silent type of thing that we have," Labisi said. "We don’t talk about it but we knows its there."
The Tigers had to fight through some adversity after committing a three run error and down 4-0 in the top of the third inning. But it was the pitching and catching tandem of Pompanio and Nicole Estrada who helped to make a comeback.
Pompanio’s two RBI single and Estrada’s subsequent two RBI single helped key a 5 run rally in the bottom of the third inning. It gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish.
"Some of us got upset. I know I got mad. Pompanio said. "We told everyone to get up and cheer. We kept our heads up. I knew if I pitched my game, I would do fine".
Labisi felt it was a big turning point of the game. "It’s changes everything. They had confidence and they played a lot better."
Estrada had played on the Bishop Kearney JV team that Frank Pompanio coached. As best friends, both felt the pressing need to win a championship in their senior season.
"This is our first championship in 4 years and we wanted to go out with a bang," Estrada said. " I prayed for him last night. Frank coached me in freshman year. A great guy."
"I refused to pitch 4 championship years and not win one," Pompanio said after her team lost to Mary Louis in the championship in 2002.
Pompanio’s mother Gerrie also spoke of how important it was for Jennifer to win this game for her father. "We gave her the support she needed and she told me last night that I got to win for it dad," Gerri said. "It was great for her."
Bishop Kearney will face off in the CHSAA State championship against the Long Island/Staten Island winner on Thursday May 27 at Queens College at 3:45 p.m.
Duggan Aims For Championship
The softball playoffs start next week and defending PSAL A champion Midwood will be the team to beat. Returning 10 starters from last year’s team, the Hornets have the veterans around the diamond that can help them to repeat. And the veteran pitcher that teams will have to battle against is All-city pitcher Dawn Duggan.
Duggan, who has committed to Molloy College and recently named the New York 1 Scholar/Athlete of the Week, has continued the success this season that helped her win 20 games in 2003 Duggan leads the PSAL in strikeouts and is also in the top 5 in wins. The windmiller employs numerous pitches in her arsenal such as the fastball, changeup, screwball and drop curve.
The rivalry between Madison and Midwood is highly competitive. Madison has won two out of three games this season against the Hornets and all games have been decided by a one run margin.
"I know a lot of the girls on Madison and those games are so intense," Duggan says.
In the playoffs, they may face Madison and other tops teams such as Tottenville and Bayside. John Duggan, assistant coach for Midwood and Dawn’s father, is confident that the Hornets can rise to the occasion and repeat as champions.
"We’re a very good hitting team from 1-8 and everybody on this team can hit," says Duggan.
My team has got to play together and get those outs in the top of the lineup of other teams.
The PSAL will meet on Monday to determine the playoff seedings for the PSAL A and B championships. The Beach Channel Dolphins will most likely enter the playoffs and finish in second place in the Queens South B Division. The playoffs will begin on May 26 (A) and May 27 (B).
Beach Channel won a convincing 14-4 decision over Jamaica to improve to 11-4 on the season. As of press time, the Dolphins will play August Martin (7-8) in their last regular season game. August Martin must win to gain a bid to the playoffs with a .500 winning percentage.
Far Rockaway (5-9) defeated Hillcrest last Saturday 10-4 as Pitcher Sherwin Sukhu pitched a complete game victory and struck out 12 batters.
The Beach Channel Junior Varsity team won their first game of the season with an 8-0 win over Queens High School of Teaching.
The PSAL softball playoffs will include Beach Channel and Far Rockaway. On May 24, the PSAL will decide on the seedings and first round opponents. As of press time, Beach Channel’s record is 13-0 and Far Rockaway is 8-7. Far Rockaway may play an outbracket playoff game and Beach Channel may gain a spot in the top 5.
Beach Channel’s Timothy Ranchatesingh, Tiffanie Parchment and Amanda Lang lost in the second round of the PSAL Singles Championships. Sebastian Stefaniak and Jahvis Ferguson fell in the second round of the PSAL individual doubles championships.
Banneker Academy defeated Far Rockaway in an PSAL outbracket playoff game, 3-1 at Red Hook Stadium in Brooklyn last Wednesday. Shickon Asfall scored the lone goal for the Seahorses as they finished at 6-6-3 on the season.
Courtney Roberts, a 10th grader at Frank Sinatra School of Arts led her school to their first ever victory in soccer last Friday against Flushing. Courtney scored four goals to lead the Lady Legends to victory. Courtney also stars for the Lady Legends in basketball,and volleyball.
Former Beach Channel High School basketball star Rashon Clark was named by The Insiders. com as one of the top 25 postgraduate players in the country. The 6’6-185 pound small forward/ power forward graduated from Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine. Clark has made a verbal commitment to attend Iowa State in the fall.
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.
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