2009-10-09 / Sports

BCHS Routs Tilden: Far Rock, Stella Maris Win

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel QB Patrick Burrello (12) hands the ball off to RB Jahleek Austin. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel QB Patrick Burrello (12) hands the ball off to RB Jahleek Austin. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel played their best overall game this season on both sides of the ball as they defeated Samuel J. Tilden, 36-2, on Saturday afternoon.

Jahleek Austin rushed for a game high 160 yards and scored a touchdown for the Dolphins (4-1). QB Patrick Burrello scored two rushing touchdowns, along with Turran Rhodes, who returned an interception for a touchdown and scored another on the ground.

The Dolphins have won the last four games after losing the season opener to Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32-14. They currently rank fourth in the PSAL Bowl Division as they travel to Brooklyn on Sunday to take on 0-4 South Shore at 11 a.m.

Beach Channel has improved each week on the field but Austin felt that the Dolphins finally performed to their expectations.

"Against Tilden we played a good game all around for four quarters, but the other teams we didn't play as well as we can," Austin said.

"We got players who are good. Our backups are good." Seahorses Win; Crucial Game This Weekend Against Petrides

Beach Channel RB Turran Rhodes (21) outruns the Samuel J. Tilden defenders. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel RB Turran Rhodes (21) outruns the Samuel J. Tilden defenders. Photo by William Thomas. For a Far Rockaway varsity football team struggling with lack of depth, the return of RB Ramel Gittens last Saturday proved to be a vital addition.

In his first game of the PSAL season, Gittens rushed for 138 yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns as Far Rockaway routed visiting Franklin K. Lane 34-8. Gittens, a senior, returned to the team after the start of the season and had to accrue the legal number of practices to participate in a PSAL football game.

Far Rockaway scored 20 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third as the Seahorses improved to 3-2 in the PSAL Cup Division.

Ramel was a big addition and he helped us," said Far Rockaway coach Walt Wilkerson.

Everett Harrison scored a rushing touchdown for the Seahorses. On defense, Vashoun White Bain had 6 tackles and 2 sacks, Christopher Rainey recovered two fumbles and Marcus Stapleton made an interception and picked up a fumble.

The victory pushed the Seahorses up to sixth in the division and the next two games will prove crucial to their playoff hopes.

Far Rockaway will host Sunday's game (12 p.m.) against 4-1 Petrides, who are currently third in the division. On October 17, McKee Staten Island Tech, currently in fifth place, will visit the Seahorses.

The PSAL uses power points as the main criteria to rank teams in the standings based on strength of schedule. Victories against the Staten Island schools could boost Far Rockaway up the standings and improve their playoff hopes.

"This is a big test the next two weeks," Wilkerson said. "We got to have a good practice, work hard and go out there on Sunday and win."

Girls Soccer

The Stella Maris Lady Flippers varsity soccer team has gotten off to a stellar start, going 6-2 to place second in the Queens/Manhattan CHSAA Division. The surging Lady Flippers defeated St. Edmund on Monday afternoon at Fort Tilden and went on the road Tuesday to defeat St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn.

"They got a lot of confidence right now," said Stella Maris head coach Michelle Raaf.

The offense has been humming so far with the forward pair of Liz Cholakis, and Ashely Raaf, Michelle's younger sister, scoring 10 goals each this season. But while their top forwards may get the goals, Michelle Raaf says it's been a team effort that'd led to their good start.

"They wouldn't be getting the passes they needed if it wasn't from our defense and midfield," Raaf said.

For a team who is doing so well, the 13 day break between games could cause some rust. Stella Maris will not return to the field until October 19, when they host St. John's Prep.

But the break actually comes at an opportune time for the Lady Flippers, who are nursing a few injuries to some of their starting players. Raaf thinks her players will benefit with the rest.

The last five games for the Flippers will also determine playoff positioning. Stella Maris will try to avenge losses against the first place Notre Dame Academy and Fontbonne Hall, the defending champions who currently lead the Brooklyn CHSAA Division.

But Raaf is encouraged about their hopes in the final few games. Stella Maris hung tough before losing to Fontbonne Hall 3-1 and had a few starters miss the game against Notre Dame. "Hopefully we can play well," Raaf said. "We're going to have to win some big games."

Boys Soccer

The Dolphins realized in the second half that with 40 to 50 miles per hour winds swirling at Beach Channel High school, they would have to play a bit differently to score goals.

Tied at 1 against August Martin in the second half, the Dolphins didn't use the air to attack. They instead dribbled the ball and used their speed to deadly effect. Carlos Mejia, Jose Baires and Cesar Alvaro each scored in the second half as Beach Channel won 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Baires scored two goals and Melquisede Navarro had 3 assists for the Dolphins, who improved to 9-1-0, and with 27 points. They are only one point away from leaders Martin Van Buren (9-0-1) in the Queens B1 Division.

"The guys have started to communicate better, play better. We've experienced playing in 30 and 40 mph winds. I told them that in the second half they had to prove to me that as a team you can handle it," said head coach Dominick Stanco. "And they did that. They really impressed me today with that effort."

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