The Wave Continues PSAL Spring Sports Preview
The Wave continues our spring preview with some teams performing well and others doing better than expected.
Head coach John Sullivan asked his Beach Channel men’s team at a pre-season meeting for their opinion on the upcoming season.
Rising quickly was first singles and senior player Timothy Ramchatsingh and answered without hesitation on what he believed would happen.
“He said that he wanted the team to go 12-0. I don’t know if it may happen but Tim is really confident and I was proud that as the #1 singles that he would say that,” Sullivan said. “That was a positive comment to say.”
The Dolphins are almost halfway to Ramchatsingh’s undefeated claim with a 5-0 record in Queens 1B Division as of presstime. Gabriel Martinez’ quirky serve has confounded opponents this season to remain unbeaten. Both will compete in the PSAL’s Boys and Girls Indoor Tennis Tournament. It will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mill Basin Health and Racquet Club.
There is a chance that with a weak division that the Dolphins could face little competition if they qualify for the playoffs. Sullivan has said that he would like his team to be well-prepared by hopefully facing the top competition from teams such as Richmond Hill and John Adams.
The swirling winds can give any visiting team a hard time when they play at Beach Channel . But it’s not just the wind that has led the Dolphins to a 7-0 record in the Queens B division, it’s their talent.
At first singles, Tiffanie Parchment is doing well with a 5-0 record this season and chosen to compete in the 2005 Boys and Girls Indoor Tennis Tournament. It will be held on Saturday at the Mill Basin Health and Racquet Club.
“Tiffany is amazing. She has great ability and it’s a pleasure to coach her,” head coach Claire Cohen said. “I wish I could clone five of her.”
Amanda Lang is coming off a 8-4 individual record in the 2003-004 season will lend her senior expertise as the second singles player. She’ is undefeated this season.
Third singles will be newcomer Ifeseyi Adedoyin. Returners include 1st doubles Loretta Bedessie and Melissa Lopez, who will once again team up for the Dolphins. Michelle Tarver and Shalisa Caver will be the second doubles.
Far Rockaway are definitely hoping for better weather and most importantly, earning wins in the 2005 season. After a 2-8 record last year, head coach Walter Wilkerson is looking for his team to perform better this year.
“I think we’ll have a better shot at winning than last year,” Wilkerson said optimistically of his Seahorses, who have a 2-3 record in the Queens B II at press time.
He’ll need senior Kimberly Page, who moves up to first singles, to step up big for the Seahorses. Amanda Thomas will be the second singles and Kenia Ventura and Monique McKenzie will be first doubles.
Far Rockaway’s encouraging 3-0 start is a result of the mixture of two seniors and a young team that have meshed nicely so far.
Troy Ann Bailey is one of two seniors that will use her strength at forward to create scoring opportunities. Head coach William Neylon will look for her to put more goals in the net.
“She’s a four year player and she’s got the experience,” Neylon said of Bailey, who has scored three goals so far. Neylon will also counts on seven returning starters to provide stability.
“Doris Hernandez has a lot of potential and she may be a little girl but she has excellent ball instincts and control. Norma Flores is a very good player, intelligent, a good eye and coordination.”
It’s been no secret that Beach Channel has struggled mightily to win the last few seasons. When Coach Laurie Harris returned after sitting out the 2004 season, she was surprised at the turnout. More than 20 players turned out this season and most likely ignored the Dolphins’ recent troubles. Harris is excited at the fact that at least eight new players have joined the team.
They’ve been competitive so far with a 1-0 heartbreaking loss in the first game of the season to Far Rockaway. Wioleta Kolano’s goal in the second half was the only goal in a BC vicotryover Springfield Gardens.
Courtney Roberts and Celeste Roberts are sisters who have made an impact for teams outside the Rockaways.
Courtney, a senior, has scored seven goals in three games for the Frank Sinatra School of Arts. Celeste has scored 5 goals in two games in her freshman season at Midwood, who are once again a force in the Brooklyn A division of the PSAL. Midwood has won their first two games by the incredible score of 31-0.