2008-04-18 / Sports

H.S.Roundup: Pearson Steps On Garden Center Stage

By Elio Velez

The 2008 Stella Maris Lady Flippers. Photo By Elio Velez The 2008 Stella Maris Lady Flippers. Photo By Elio Velez Christ the King High School's Ryan Pearson will take his high flying basketball act to the world's most famous arena this weekend.

Pearson, who led the Royals in scoring with 23.2 points per game, and was selected to the CHSAA All-City First team as a senior, was selected to play in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rockaway native, who's known for his high-scoring and outstanding athletic ability, helped the Royals win the CHSAA city title in March of 2007. Pearson committed to play college basketball this winter at George Mason University in Virginia.

Because of his prowess on the court, Pearson was selected to play in the Jordan Classic Regional All-Star Game. As a member of the city team, he will star alongside high school teammate and University of Florida bound Erving Walker and other catholic, public and private school player.

The regional game, which pits the city against a team from the New York and New Jersey suburbs, will take place at 6:30 p.m. as part of a tripleheader scheduled for Saturday night.

Tickets for the event are on sale at ticketmaster.com or call 212-307-7171.

Lions Slide Past Beach Channel

Gail Rothfeld watched from the sideline with anticipation as the head coach of the Beach Channel boys volleyball team played a nailbiter against first place Richmond Hill.

Beach Channel had fought back to tie the game at 21 in the final set. But they couldn't overcome a Richmond Hill spike by Sarbjit Singh that looked to be out of bounds but was called a point.

That slight edge gave the Lions a one point lead and they would eventually secure a Richmond Hill (9-1) to a 25-23 third set victory last Monday afternoon at John Adams High School.

Rothfeld is in her second season coaching the team said her team may have been denied a few points that could have changed the outcome. But she wasn't disappointed in her team's effort.

"You know what; sometimes you get robbed but my team showed their quality of play. It's the fact that a team has the heart to come back," Rothfeld said.

The Dolphins had overcome a terrible start, losing 25-14 in the first set before bouncing back to win 25-18 in the middle set. Losing in the third set to a division leader was a tough blow for Beach Channel, who has revived their fortunes this season.

After three straight losing seasons, the Dolphins have a 6-3 record in the Queens III Division this spring. According to PSAL rules, they are eligible to compete in the citywide playoffs. Ateam must finish a 12-game regular season with at least a .500 record.

Optimism prevails on a team that does not have a senior on their 11-player roster. according to Slawomir Wloch. He hopes the team gets a few more wins before the playoffs.

"We take a lot of pride and we put in a lot of hard work. We don't give in, especially in practices and we're improving every year," Wloch said.

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