2010-04-16 / Sports

High School Roundup; BCHS Tennis Teams Start Strong

By Elio Velez

Lady Dolphins forward Cynithia Smalls (right) tries to get through three Tottenville defenders. Photo by William Thomas. Lady Dolphins forward Cynithia Smalls (right) tries to get through three Tottenville defenders. Photo by William Thomas. John Sullivan expects good things to happen to his Beach Channel boys’ tennis team this year.

The Dolphins won the PSAL C1 Division in the spring of 2009 campaign. Sullivan, the Beach Channel coach, has plenty of experience returning from that winning team.

With first singles player Sharif Ellis, a senior, playing alongside rising underclassmen like sophomore second singles Julian Morales, Beach Channel feels they have the players to do better than last year.

The Dolphins lost in the first round of the PSAL C League tournament and that disappointment has galvanized Sullivan and his team to achieve greater things in 2010.

“If you talk to Julian, Dwayne [Thomas] or you talk to Sharif, they all say we should go on and should have done better. They want it and they taste it,” Sullivan said.

Ellis, a three-year player, is an athletic player who leads the team by example. Morales, a sophomore, continue to show improvement since assuming the second singles spot.

The hunger and yearning to win has been evident in the Dolphins’ 4-0 start to the season. Sullivan won‘t go as far yet to predict a division title or a league championship for his team.

Sullivan says with a bright smile that there is a still long way to go.

Julian told me he wants go to the B Division because he wants to upgrade his game. But my point is, let’s win first and then we’ll think about it.”

“We won the division last year but we didn’t do anything afterwards. Once we start wining something, then maybe we’ll make the move.”

Girls Shine In Comeback

The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins made a stunning tennis comeback on April 13, coming back from 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 over Richmond Hill.

First singles Latina Khalil won a nailbiting 10-8 decision over Richmond Hill’s Amanda Montalvo to secure the victory for Beach Channel. Second singles Pamela Hernandez, and third singles Felicia Owolabi were also winners for the Lady Dol-phins. Richmond Hill secured wins in the two doubles matches. Beach Channel, which is helmed by first year coach Beth Hanning, improved to 2-1 in the Queens C1 Division.

Boys Baseball

Khalil Bratton likes the nickname his Beach Channel teammates have anointed him.

The nickname “K-man” was evident on Wednesday afternoon when the Beach Channel senior pitcher struck out 17 batters in a seven inning complete game to lead his team to a 9-5 victory over Franklin K. Lane.

Anthony Martinez, Luiz Perez and Brandon Martinez each drove in 2 RBI for Beach Channel (2-1, Queens A Mid- West Division), who came back from a 4-0 deficit. Bratton ended Lane’s comeback hopes by striking out the side in the sixth and seventh innings. Bratton struck out 14 batters in a 3-1 Beach Channel win over Thomas Edison on April 8.

“We got a lot of momentum,” Bratton said. “It’s a good win and we got a lot of confidence and hope to keep doing that.”

Girls Lacrosse

There were no champions crowned or awards handed out to anyone participating in the first annual 2010 Mayor’s Cup of Lacrosse Jamboree last weekend at Randalls Island.

Beach Channel/Channel View took part in the day-long tournament on Saturday, in which they played three 45-minute games against private schools such as the Brearley School, Marymount and Fieldston.

“The atmosphere was great. We got to play a lot of game and see some different teams,” said head coach Sam Innes. “The girls learned a lot, especially the ones who haven’t played much. It was worth it.”

The tournament was a great chance to shake off the disappointment of losing their first game of the PSAL season on April 8. The 9-6 loss to Tottenville, was the first defeat of the season for the Lady Dolphins (2-1). Casey Gallagher, a senior midfielder, knew her Lady Dolphins didn’t play well. But the weekend of games helped the Dolphins bond as a team, and work on the areas they need to address. Beach Channel will host James Madison on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

“We got a lot of experience against a lot of good teams there,” Gallagher said. “I think we just learned a lot more as a team. We threw the ball a lot more, we ran motion a lot better and we played good defense.”

Girls Softball

Mary Finger drove in four RBI and CF Briana Filsaime added three RBI as the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins won 11-8 on the road at South Bronx High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Beach Channel leads the Queens B1 Division with a 5-1 record and will host their eagerly anticipated matchup against reigning PSAL champions Queens High School of Teaching on Monday.

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