2007-04-27 / Sports

High School Roundup: BCHS Crowned Tennis Champs

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

Shawndi Pannell throws a pitch for Far Rockaway against August Martin. Photo By Peter Borriello.
Shawndi Pannell throws a pitch for Far Rockaway against August Martin. Photo By Peter Borriello. Last year, the losses and the long travel were some of the factors that added up to a dismal 0-12 tennis season for the Beach Channel men's team.

One year later, the tide has turned. After a move from the PSAL 'A' to the 'B' Division, the Dolphins clinched an undefeated season and a Queens B1 title in thrashing Hillcrest 4 sets to 1 on Tuesday afternoon.

"I keep joking to the team about last season," head coach John Sullivan said. "But I believe the long travel together as a team helped us build a camaraderie that stayed with us this season."

The Dolphins finished 8-0, and as the regular season concluded Sullivan's focus will turn to the postseason which begins on May 1. It is most likely that because of their undefeated record, the PSAL will award Beach Channel with a first round home playoff game.

Stella Maris Search For Consistency

After a thrilling 6-2, extra inning softball win over Christ the King at Juniper Valley Park on Monday, the Flippers had something to be excited about.

Any happiness was tempered the next day when Mary Louis Academy scored three runs in the sixth inning, putting away Stella Maris 4-1 in a Brooklyn/ Queens CHSAA matchup.

Head coach Jim DeAngelo wants to remain positive, even if Stella Maris' record is 2-6. Archbishop Molloy, St. Francis Prep and Mary Louis Academy are the top three teams respectively in the division.

But there is a dogfight for the fourth and final playoff spot. With seven games remaining as of presstime, Stella Maris is only one game behind Christ the King.

"It's going to go down to the end," DeAngelo, whose team has a scheduled doubleheader at Fort Tilden against St. John's Prep at 3:45 p.m. said. "We got to take this one game at a time."

Lady Seahorses Routed

Far Rockaway hasn't had many chances to play their softball games in the warm weather which awaited them last Tuesday against August Martin.

Any chance to celebrate the sunny weather and a revenge victory at home against August Martin would not come to pass. The Lady Seahorses took a 2-1 lead going into the second inning of a PSAL Queens 1B divisional contest but the bottom soon would fall out.

August Martin would score 13 runs in the next three innings, easily blowing past Far Rockaway 21-10. The Seahorses record fell to 1-8. August Martin improved to 2-3.

The Seahorses' Shelean Palmer says she was disappointed with the effort after August Martin had won 19-18 in the first game of the season.

Palmer, who connected on three hits, told the Wave reporter covering the game saying "you picked the wrong day to come and watch us."

Beach Channel Crew

Bitter temperatures in March and April were certainly not the ideal weather for the Beach Channel Dolphins crew team.

Frosty weather curtailed or canceled practices that head coach Chris Horn wanted to conduct in March and earlier this month. The weather not only hurt the Dolphins, who will compete in their first regatta on Saturday in Riverhead, but other crew teams as well throughout the region.

"The weather jammed us up pretty good," Chris Horn said. We wanted to get in the water during Easter break and it would have been nice then to get in the water."

The Dolphins and many high school teams from Long Island couldn't participate in some regattas scheduled in early April. Horn said his Dolphins lacked the necessary time to prepare effectively to compete.

"The first two days, it was nice but the next three days, it rained, it snowed and the winds blew heavy. We just couldn't get into the water."

So with outdoor practices a rare commodity, the Dolphins have to work indoors for most of the time. Their small team consists of 10 varsity and eight novice rowers and has had plenty of time to get to know each other according to Horn.

The team camaraderie has been established but the small roster could be a problem if injuries prevent one or two members from competing. The lack of depth might be an issue that Horn doesn't want to happen.

As the weather starts to improve, with temperatures reaching a high of 80 degrees this past Monday, repetition in practicing on the waters near Mill Basin have increased. Horn also found two assistant coaches to train in practice which is helpful.

He is optimistic that the Dolphins can do well in their four scheduled regattas.

"They're a nice group of kids and they want to go out there and row. We'll continue the tradition, introduce the sport to the new kids and hope to do well.

Correction

In last week's Wave, the story entitled "Adams Penalty Goal Defeats Beach Channel", the photo caption misspelled soccer player Paule H. Geffrard. We regret the error.

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