Far Rock Girls Off To Fast Start
By Elio Velez
Far Rockaway girls head coach Les Sabbah has been impressed with his team’s 2-0 start to the season. The team won their second game over Springfield Gardens 53-42 as Shamar Stweartson led with 23 points.
A team built on speed and the ability to push the ball up the court, the Seahorses have gotten contributions from many players according to Sabbah.
“The games have been close and competitive. The other teams make a run but we hold them off and put them away in the end,” Sabbah says. “She’s a little dynamo. A bundle of energy as she runs around on the floor,” Sabbah says of his point guard Stewartson, who leads the team in scoring.
Senior Naiyma Reid has contributed scoring and defense and freshman Shantee Goggins has made a quick impact in her time on the floor by averaging 11 points and 9 rebounds in two games. “She came to us with a lot of basketball skills. She can play every position and has a tough on court attitude,” according to Sabbah.
The Dolphins (0-3) received 15 points from sophomore Tiffany Wilson but it was not enough as they lost 64-51 to August Martin. Rockaway residents Megan Mckenna, Michelle Cashen, and Celeste Roberts are new members of the Midwood girls’ basketball team. The Hornets made it to the semifinals of the PSAL ‘A’ playoffs in the 2003-2004 season.
Michael Hines led Beach Channel with 23 points in a 68-47 home win over Richmond Hill last Wednesday. Dwayne Messam chipped in with 18 points as the Dolphins evened their record to 2-2 on the season. The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker last Monday as they fell to Van Buren 62-60 in double overtime. Hines led the Dolphins in that game with 27 points. Far Rockaway fell to 1-3 as they lost to August Martin 66-65 last Wednesday.
Nicole Pierce finished first in the 200 yard individual medley as Beach Channel won their first matchup of the season, 51-39, against Grover Cleveland last Wednesday. The Dolphins next game is against Lane at Far Rockaway High School today at 4 p.m. The Seahorses first game is on December 17 at home against Cleveland.
This weekend, the Fugazzi High school football bowl game will feature the best city players as Queens battle Staten Island. Far Rockaway will features eight players on that team according to head coach Anthony Miele: Ricardo Remy, James Romain, LAwrence Whitehead, Chris Howard, Jaquan Pruitt, Yohan Wintz, Ryan Parkes and Emmanuel Green.
Big Apple Basketball, Inc. will host the First Annual Big Apple Basketball Public League vs. Catholic League Challenge on Saturday, December 11 at Pace University and Sunday, December 12 at Baruch College. The first games will start at 12 p.m. on both days. The challenge will feature PSAL schools Benjamin Banneker, FDA, Columbus, Grady, , Boys and Girls, Wings,and Cardozo, along with CHSAA schools Nazareth, Archbishop Molloy, Bishop Loughlin, Christ the King, Bishop Ford and Rice. For more information on Big Apple Basketball, contact President Jason Curry at 718-575-3342.