FRHS Goes Through New Year’s Blues
The Far Rockaway- Beach Channel rivalry is one of the more hotly contested neighborhood rivalries in the city.
In the case of boys’ basketball the past five years, both teams have performed well which has heightened the neighborhood pride and level of intensity. But a new wrinkle has been thrown into this rivalry for today’s matchup at Beach Channel, as the Seahorses may have a new head coach leading their team.
Anthony Miele, the third year head coach of the varsity team, has taken a leave of absence according to athletic director Brad Shenkman. The school is expected to announce an interim or permanent coach in time for today’s game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.
As of press time, phone calls made to school officials and Anthony Miele for further comment on the situation was not returned.
The Seahorses have gotten off to a rough start this season with four straight losses and a 1-4 record overall. In their only win of the season, a 84-75 victory against August Martin, volunteer assistant Eric Micalizzi was the interim coach.
Miele was previously the junior varsity basketball coach for seven seasons before assuming the varsity job in the 2003-2004 season. He is currently the head coach of the varsity football team.
Beach Channel lost three games due to the strike and will have to makeup games with division rivals August Martin, Van Buren and Springfield Gardens.
At press time, the 4-1 Dolphins will have made up the first of three games by traveling to August Martin.
During the break, the Dolphins stayed active by scrimmaging against Garden City High School in Long Island and Canarsie High School.
Lady Seahorses Miss Their Stop
When the New York City Transit strike ended, it affected many basketball teams in the city but none more so than the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses.
In a stretch of 18 days, the varsity girls’ basketball team could not get on the court to practice or play games due to the transit strike and the Christmas holidays.
When they came back to the court last Tuesday against Queens High School of teaching, the Seahorses were expected to show some rust on the court. The rust though lasted throughout the entire game sadly to the dismay of Far Rockaway.
Queens High School of Teaching improved their record to 7-0 this season with a 45-39 win last Tuesday. Far Rockaway fell to 5-2 and though their opponents were out of balance as well coming off the long break, it was enough to get the win.
The Lady Seahorses could not find the rim as they missed a ton of shots in a below par offensive performance and only had one lead in the ballgame at 7-5 in the first quarter. QHST capitalized on numerous fastbreaks, especially in a game turning 10-2 run to start the third quarter that put the game out of reach.
Rukiya Hazlewood scored 15 points and dished 10 assists as the Tigers.
QSHT were below par as well and though Shantee Goggins scored 20 points and Sandy Jean Francois scored 18 points, the Seahorses could not put together a consistent run in the ballgame to pull out the win.
“I think it was more they were rusty. They haven’t practiced in two weeks. They weren’t in sync obviously,” Far Rockaway head coach Les Sabbah said after the game.
The rust also showed in the Seahorses conditioning in which of two of their better players, Patrice McKenzie and Goggins were hampered by leg cramps throughout the ballgame.
The rust must be cast aside quickly as the Seahorses play their next three games away from home.
Stella Maris Gives Their All
In a span of two games, Stella Maris’ performance on the court was a combination of the good, the bad and the ugly. The bad were committing more than 30 fouls against Fontbonne Hall and the ugly were missing 25 of 41 free throws in the same game.
In the end though, the good outweighed everything that was ugly against Fontbonne Hall. Stella Maris won a hotly contested divisional rival game last Tuesday 56-54 and played their basketball of the season the next day by whipping St. John’s Prep 65-23 at home.
As the CHSAA Division II league games begin this month, the Lady Flippers are looking to return to the championship and Fontbonne Hall will be one of those teams battling for the crown.
Stella Maris was out in front for most of the second half but by missing numerous free throws, it allowed Fontbonne Hall to remain in the game. And with a minute left, the Lady Flippers lead was cut to three points. Jennifer Anglero, the senior forward who scored 16 points, hit a basket to extend the lead to five points. Fontbonne hit a last second three to cut the margin to two points as time ran out.
In a stunning display the next night, the Flippers overwhelmed and outmatched a young St. John’s team. It was a crisp team effort as Stella Maris rushed to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter and 35-9 at the half.
“They played well. I’ll give it to them. They came out to play. St. John’s is not as strong in the past because they’re young,” head coach Maureen Gigliello said.
“But we came back to play (after last night) and I’ll take that. We needed the confidence. Fontbonne is stronger but emotionally they (SM) stayed in it and it’s the best I’ve seen them.”
Crockett Close To 300
At any given game throughout the season, the CHSAA Division I Girls varsity league is as competitive and cutthroat any other in the country. Bishop Kearney head coach Cathy Crockett knows this all too well.
She knows the wars of facing teams like Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy and Mary Louis on a nightly basis. With nine more victories remaining until she reaches the milestone of winning 300 career wins, Crockett knows the deal. The CHSAA is tough.
“Every game is hard and every game is a bit stressful at times,” Crockett said with a chuckle as her team’s record is 5-2.
Kearney started league play last Tuesday with a close defeat to a good Molloy team 61-54. The Tigers had three players in double figures, with Maria Laterza scoring 19 points, Jill Brady chipping with 17 points and Caitlin Irwin with 12 points.
Upcoming divisional games for Bishop Kearney will be against Bishop Ford at home today, St. Francis Prep on Sunday and Bishop Loughlin on Wednesday.