2005-05-20 / Sports

Dolphins Out In First Round

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel’s Antonek Trought tries to get by the AP Randolph defense in a first round playoff matchup . Photo by Pete BorrielloBeach Channel’s Antonek Trought tries to get by the AP Randolph defense in a first round playoff matchup . Photo by Pete Borriello With one last push in the second half of a PSAL B first round playoff game, Beach Channel forward Wioleta Kolano raced against the clock to tie the game. With two A.P. Randolph defenders closing on her, Kolano’s pass found Antonek Trought as she raced to the middle of the goal.

But Trought could not capitalize on the pass and Beach Channel’s final rush fell short in a 2-1 loss that eliminated them from the playoffs.

It began so well for the Dolphins when Kolano skirted past numerous defenders to score in the first 50 seconds of the game. But the early goal seemed to galvanize Randolph, who put enormous pressure on goalkeeper Lauren Carter in the first half.

“I think we got cocky after scoring the first goal. Most of us haven’t been here and everybody got nervous a bit,” Carter said.

That pressure led to two quick one on one breakaway goals by striker Sherica Thomas for a 2-1 lead at the half. Beach Channel recovered in the second half but they missed numerous chances to even the score.

“We got high too fast and they tried to stay up that high and it was too tough,” Dolphins coach Laurie Harris said.

Soccer: Far Rockaway starts it’s quest to the PSAL B Championship with a first round home game today at 4 p.m. against Long Island City. Finishing at 10-1 and winning the Queens B III division title, the Seahorses are also undefeated in their last 8 regular season games. Striker Troy Ann Bailey provides the scoring with 17 goals in 12 games and goalkeeper Renella Pereria only allowed 6 goals with 51 saves.

Baseball: Far Rockaway’s 21-4 win last Tuesday over August Martin guaranteed them an above .500 season with a 9-6 record. Raul Marrero notched a complete game victory.

Softball: The Dolphins’ softball team went through 61 straight wins and four years of being unbeaten in the Queens B Division. But as the saying goes, records are made to be broken and Beach Channel was on the losing end.

Van Buren pitcher Hayley Pine 11 strikeouts paced them to a 5-2 win last Tuesday that put them in first place.

With one last chance in the top of the seventh, Samantha Lebron hit a towering shot that could have been a three run homer. It was that kind of day where the chips didn’t fall in Beach Channel’s favor as it was caught at the warning track to end the game.

“It was about how everything going as far as our batting. We hit the ball but we either hit it at somebody or they made a great catch,” Attonito said. “And there’s nothing you can do it about it because that’s how the game goes.” The loss doesn’t hurt the Dolphins playoff chances. With an expected win over August Martin at press time, the Dolphins will finish at 15-1 and tie for the division championship. Far Rockaway finished at 9-7 with a forfeit win against August Martin last Tuesday. They will most likely have a first round outbracket playoff game on May 24.

Crew: The season started in South Carolina during the winter break, where Beach Channel Coach Chris Horn and 40 kids gathered to begin the 2005 season. The positives that came out of that trip have transferred into the regular season, which Coach Horn calls one of their most successful in many years.

“They are a great bunch of kids. It’s one of my most satisfying years I’ve had,” Coach Horn says of his Dolphins team.

The crew team has competed in seven regattas in the tri-state area which is the most the school has ever competed in. In the Harlem Regatta on April 30, Beach Channel struck gold with four first-place finishes in the Girls Junior 4, Boys Junior 8, Girls Novice 8, and Boys Novice 8.

The winning streak continued with one of their most impressive races in the New York State Scholastic championships in Saratoga Springs. The Boys Junior 4 team won the silver medal over such powerful school such as St. Anthony’s and Bayshore in Long Island. The last race will be on Sunday at West Point for the Eastern States Championships.

After the weekend, Chris Horn will not be able to conduct three hour plus practices, have 18 hour long regatta days and 5 months dedicating his time to the kids. But he wouldn’t trade anything for the experience of watching his team compete and strive to be the best.

“The kids stuck to the plan and did a great job. They listened to their coxins and ran some great races. They should all be proud of themselves,” Horn said.

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