High School Sports NoteBook: Basketball Action A Plenty
According to a loyal Wave reader, I neglected to mention last week that the Mary Louis Academy, currently playing in the CHSAA I Division, is also in the battle for second place behind Bishop Kearney and Archbishop Molloy.
Currently three players on the Hilltoppers, Tiffanie Carman from varsity and Kelly Carman and Ashley McLoughlin on the JV program, are from the Rockaway peninsula. The varsity improved their record to 10-7 and 4-3 overall with a 60-52 win over Bishop Loughlin.
TMLA will have a rematch with Bishop Kearney, who beat the Hilltoppers in the first matchup this season, on January 30.
Pearson Jumps To Varsity
Christ the King junior varsity men’s basketball coach Artie Cox lamented last Friday night at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx that his best ballplayer, Ryan Pearson, was just too good to be kept on the roster.
Of course he was joking because one team’s loss is the varsity’s gain. Pearson, a 6 foot 5 lefthanded sophomore forward from the Rockaways, has grown into a consistent post player and displays toughness on the boards.
He was added to the varsity against Rice but did not come off the bench. In his first action against Xaverian last Sunday, Pearson scored 13 points off the bench in a 60-47 Royals win.
It’s an addition that gives Christ the King (15-2) another scoring option on the 18 th ranked team in the country according to USA Today. “He was just too good to stay here. He was scoring 25 points a game and the varsity needed him,” Cox said last Friday night as the varsity defeated Rice 50-47.
FRHS, BCHS Swim In Bronx
The 2006 PSAL Novice Swim Meet at the Lehman College Apex Swim Center on Saturday and Sunday will have eleven Beach Channel players and nine Far Rockaway members compete against the rest of the city.
One of the largest meets in the city, 287 swimmers will compete in events such as the backstroke, freestroke and relays. It’s a chance according to Dolphins head coach John Sullivan for swimmers to best their personal times and feel good about their progression throughout the season.
“In November, I get the stop watch and I record the times. By now, some of their times have gone down and the kids realize they got faster. They get satisfaction because they put the hard work in,” Sullivan says.
For Nicole Pierce, the following week should be a very special event. She will be the only female swimmer amongst 187 to participate in the PSAL Open Swimming and Diving Championships on February 5.
The senior will compete against men for the last time and she has definitely held her own for four seasons on the team. According to Sullivan, Pierce has won first place 48 times in different events and could compete in either the 100 yard butterfly or backstroke in the PSAL Open.
Lady Dolphins Promise Win
A playoff berth is already in the bag for Beach Channel, but the final three games of the regular season will not be thrown away according to head coach Victor Nazario.
A 7-4 record is nice, considering since they have two of the better teams in the city, Francis Lewis and Cardozo, at the top of the Queens A Division. An eight win would be nice and if Nazario has to give any motivation for his team to defeat August Martin at home this Tuesday, a guarantee is the way to do it. Nazario, who says that his promise on a victory may be a bit crazy, is only trying to get his team pumped for a divisional rival; especially since August Martin (8-4) won 50-42 in December. “I’m going to go out on a limb. We’re going to win on Tuesday. I know we are certainly capable of doing that. We need a big game from our big three (Cynthia Wolfe, Tanya Nelson and Antoinette Jolly),” Nazario said.
“If those three players can play up to their capabilities, we can win or be in a good position to win. I feel good about our chances.”
BCHS Bounces Back
Dwayne Messam scored 23 points and Davon Saxon chiiped in with 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Dolphins (7-4) stopped a two game slide with a 58-51 win over Van Buren.
The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses are 6-6 on the season and the men’s varsity team is struggling with a 2-7 record. Fourteen of the top New York/ New Jersey high school boys’ basketball programs will meet at St. John’s University for the 2006 Tom Crotty Memorial Classic. Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Rice, Holy Cross, and Cardozo are a few of the teams that will compete this Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
Tickets for all 7 games will be $10. The event raises money for various Hope Thru Hoops charities. Crotty was a managing director at Sandler O’Neill when he died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
A correction from last week’s article which stated Midwood varsity basketball player Celeste Roberts came off the bench for the Hornets. She is currently starting for the team.