2006-03-10 / Sports

Woodmere Advances To Federation Title

By Elio Velez

The fourth meeting between Lawrence Woodmere Academy and Upper Room last Sunday had a few changes. The site was at a neutral court in Long Island Lutheran High School and the battle was for the New York State Association of Independent Schools Class A Championship.

To Upper Room's dismay, Woodmere' senior s R. J. Rutledge did the one thing that hasn't changed all year. He prevented any chance of Upper Room finally winning a game against their rivals.

Rutledge scored a game high 34 points as Woodmere swept the season series and won the NYSAIS Class A Title which will advance them to the New York State Federation Class A championship game on March 25.

Woodmere, which improved their record to 23-3, received a commanding performance from Rutledge, who kept Upper Room at bay with his outside shooting in the first half. Woodmere would take a 52-39 lead into the half and never look back.

The victory also gave Woodmere an automatic bye to the Federation Class A title game where they await either the public or catholic representative in the semifinals, which will be held on March 24. In the previous two seasons, LWA fell to Jamesville Dewitt and St. Anthony's of Long Island.

CTK-Rice Meet At Fordham

The long awaited Catholic city AA boys championship that many pundits believed before the season would pit Rice and Christ the King will come to fruition this Sunday at Fordham University at 3 p.m. The ever improving Rockaway resident Ryan Pearson scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as Christ the King cruised by All Hallows 75-50 in the AA semifinal last Wednesday at St. John's. Rice defeated St. Raymond's 63-57.

Midwood Lady Hornets and their three Rockaway starts, Celeste Roberts, Michelle Cashen and Megan McKenna were eliminated from the PSAL playoffs by Bergtraum, 87-58.

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