2004-09-10 / Sports

H.S. Football Teams Start This Weekend

By Elio Velez


Cheerleaders practice inside the gym at Beach Channel High School.
Cheerleaders practice inside the gym at Beach Channel High School. After three weeks of training camp and scrimmages, Far Rockaway and Beach Channel will start the 2004-05 varsity football season this weekend.

The Dolphins and Seahorses look to once again head to the playoffs in which they were eliminated in the first round last year.Beach Channel will be at home against Midwood this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Dolphins won the 2003 season opener 36-0 over Lafayette but encountered an up and down season before righting the ship in time.

An intense and thrilling 18-14 win against Far Rockaway in the last game of the season helped the Dolphins enter the playoffs. The Dolphins were eliminated as they lost a close 12-7 game to Lincoln.

The Far Rockaway Varsity team wants to finish number one this season.
The Far Rockaway Varsity team wants to finish number one this season. Though a young squad, head coach Victor Nazario will incorporate key returning players and some new additions to spark the team. Beach Channel should be looking to avenge last year’s 48-12 thrashing by the Hornets in the sixth game of the 2003 season. Midwood led 34-6 at halftime in the most lopsided loss of the year.

Far Rockaway will be on the road on Saturday at 12 p.m. to face Tilden in a rematch of the first game of the 2003 season. Far Rockaway easily handled the Blue Devils 30-6 at home.

Beach Channel  coaches (in the background- left to right) Victor Nazario, Steve Goldman and Carlos Flores evaluate line tackling during practice. 
Beach Channel coaches (in the background- left to right) Victor Nazario, Steve Goldman and Carlos Flores evaluate line tackling during practice. The Seahorses started off the 2003 season as a house on fire as they ripped through the schedule for a 4-0 record. The season turned sour as they finished a disappointing 5-4 and a 42-6 loss to PSAL Champion Tottenville in the first round.

This year, new head coach Anthony Miele arrives from the junior varsity ranks to erase the negativity from last season. He wants the team to remain focused and discipline and will look to key returning starters such as All City players Chris Howard and Ricardo Remy to provide stability and leadership.

A veteran team will face off against PSAL Champion Tottenville and 2003 PSAL Queens Champion Long Island City in marquee matchups. The most awaited matchup will take place in the final game of the season in which Far Rockaway has the home advantage against Beach Channel.

Cheerleaders on BC Sidelines

The Beach Channel Dolphins will have a welcomed addition on the sidelines against Midwood on Saturday. Cheerleaders will help the fans root for the home team for the first time in school history.

The cheerleading program started in February with the help of Instructional Support Services teachers Nicole Cheddie, Kim McCain and Maria Catalano. With enough students interested, they received the welcome support and approval from Principal Dr. David Morris to officially start the program.

“We started in January and February and its positive for them,” Nicole Cheddie said. “They liked it.”

Students held fundrasing events such as parties and selling candy to purchase uniforms, pom poms, and receive cheerleading instruction. Cheddie says that their hard work and commitment to fundraise has paid off.

In early August, 15-20 students participated in a three-day instructional camp at Beach Channel and in which they received instruction on stunting, cheers, sidelines and halftime shows.

The students who are already in the program will be mentors to a new crop who may be interested in joining once school begins this week.

“We’re going to have tryouts when school starts,” Cheddie says. “We’ll cheerlead for everything like football, basketball and all sports for boys and girls. They can get awards and they can put this in their college applications and resumes. They’re working so hard for what they because they want to cheer for their school.”

Beach Channel

Dolphins Schedule

9/11- Midwood (Home) 11 a.m.

9/18- New Utrecht (Home) 11 a.m.

9/26- Erasmus Hall Campus (Away) 12 p.m.

10/2- August Martin (Home) 11 a.m.

10/10- Madison (Away) 12 p.m.

10/16- Long Island City (Home) 1 p.m.

10/23- Susan Wagner (Away) 1 p.m.

10/30- Bayside (Away) 11 a.m.

11/7- Far Rockaway (Away) 11 a.m.

Far Rockaway

Seahorses Schedule

9/11- Tilden (Away) 12 p.m.

9-18- Lehman (Away) 12 p.m.

9/26- Midwood (Away) 12 p.m.

10/2- New Utrecht (Home) 11 a.m.

10/10- Bayside (Away) 11 a.m.

10/16- Tottenville (Home) 11 a.m.

10/23- August Martin (Away) 1 p.m.

10/30- Long Island City

(Home) 11 a.m.

11/7- Beach Channel (Home) 11 a.m.

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