2008-05-02 / Sports

High School Wrap-up: Seahorses Track Team Bounces Back

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway's travels to the Penn Relays wasn't as cracked up as head coach Eric Stein wanted it to be last Friday afternoon.

4x100 relay runner Ishma Mcletchie's hamstring injury, which he suffered in the Curtis Vacation Meet three days prior, hurt the Seahorses in their heat against the top runners in the country.

The Seahorses finished last in the 4x100 preliminary race at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Stein was saddened that his senior runner wasn't 100 percent, even though trainers at the prestigious race had tried to ice and stretch out Mcletchie's hamstring injury.

"I was bummed out about the injury. I felt really bad for him," Stein said.

Though the Seahorses didn't finish the way they wanted, Stein was still proud that his two seniors, Mcletchie and Steve Burnett were able to experience racing at a big event.

On Sunday, Stein's spirits and the entire team were lifted as Far Rockaway had runners place in the top three in six events at the Bayside High School meet. The weekend ended on a bright note.

"We had the best meet as a team in the seven years I've coached. Some of the kids were disappointed on Friday but they overcame. This may be the best team I have ever coached," Stein said.

Girls Soccer

Midwood High School's Celeste Roberts participated last Wednesday for a worthy cause as one of the all-stars selected to play in the Wheelchair High School Basketball Classic at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Roberts has also shined on the soccer field by scoring 58 goals in her four years at Midwood High School.

Wanting to continue her soccer career in college, Celeste will attend Alabama A&M and be joined by her older sister Courtney on the field this fall.

"I think it's a good fit for me," Roberts said about choosing the school. "They were one of the schools that offered me a full scholarship. I felt welcome when I went out there."

"It's going to be different, Alabama is definitely slower than New York City but it won't be that bad."

Two first half goals by the visiting John Adams Spartans, which were aided by 30 mph gusting winds, was enough to secure a 2-1 victory over Beach Channel last Tuesday afternoon.

Jodian Braham scored in the 15th minute of the second half but the Lady Dolphins could pull no closer.

Beach Channel lost their first game of the season but remains in first place as their record now stands at 5-1-1 in the Queens B VI Division.

Far Rockaway (2-3-1) will travel to Beach Channel in a divisional matchup on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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