H.S. Update: Stella Maris Rebounds Down The Stretch
By Elio Velez
Stella Maris’ head softball coach Jim DeAngelo has a fire in his belly. It’s a good feeling because he sure likes what the Flippers are doing on the field right now.
“I told the team that they needed a fire in their belly and they’ve responded,” DeAngelo says. It’s been a great all around effort by the whole team.”
In a fight for the fourth and final playoff spot in the CHSAA, Stella Maris is making it interesting. They have rebounded from a slow start with a 6-1 win against Christ the King last Monday. Freshman Caitlin Dasaro pitched a complete game the next day in an impressive 3-1 victory over second place St. Francis Prep.
It’s an important time for the Flippers because at 7-8 overall and 4-7 in CHSAA Queens, they are behind Molloy and CTK for the fourth and last playoff spot.
Stella Maris must win games against the above teams and beat the 16-0 Mary Louis Academy on Monday.
It’s been a banner tennis season at Beach Channel. The men’s and women’s teams finished at 12-0 and clinched their respective divisional titles last week.
The Lady Dolphins defeated Far Rockaway last Friday, 4 sets to 1 for the PSAL Queens BII championship. The men’s beat division rival Richmond Hill at home to clinch the PSAL Queens BI title.
Both squads should at least receive one home game when the PSAL holds a meeting this Monday to schedule the playoffs. The post-season tennis tournament should begin on May 6.
Experience and competition has started to pay off for the Beach Channel Crew team. The Long Island Spirits Regatta at Flushing Meadows last Saturday gave the Dolphins their first medals of the year. They captured silver in the Girls Junior 4- competition and the boys’ novice 8- team garnered the bronze medal.
The Dolphins are off to the Harlem River, where they will compete in the New York Rowing Association Invitational Regatta on Saturday at 9 a.m.
In women’s soccer, Far Rockaway (6-1-1), currently second in the Queens BIII, will battle at first place Springfield Gardens (7-1) on Monday. Beach Channel is at 4-4.
Beach Channel’s men volleyball team is at 5-5 and have two games left in the season.
The final game will be on May 6 at home vs. John Adams. Former Wave Editor and columnist Kevin Boyle has to be impressed with the hitting exploits of his son Brian. The Xavier High School junior leads the varsity baseball team with a .417 batting average so far this year.