H.S. Roundup: BCHS Tennis Goes To Flushing
The sun was baking the Forest Hills High School tennis court on May 19. A patient Beach Channel/Channel View boys tennis team were waiting more than an hour to compete in their PSAL C Division playoff semifinal against Truman High School.
John Sullivan, the Beach Channel coach, found out the news that Truman had forfeited the match due to a lack of players. The victory gave first seed Beach Channel a berth to the C Division finals against second ranked Long Island City, which was held yesterday at the USTA Center in Flushing Meadows Park
Instead of departing the school to enjoy the rest of their weekend, Beach Channel elected to play against the six Truman players present in an exhibition match. It was just another bit of evidence that the Dolphins would use any chance to sharpen their skills, even despite playing in the hot sun. Beach Channel wants to prove they do deserve to be in the final
“They reacted the way I wanted them to,” Sullivan said. “They want to play the games. They want to try their best. They seemed pumped.
“I can understand the disappointment. But they know they are going to the championship and they can prove it on Thursday.”
Beach Channel had earned the number one seed after a stellar 11-1 division winning campaign. Reaching the finals is an accomplishment according to first singles Sharif Ellis.
“I would rather play to win. Then again it’s good to know. It’s my senior year and I want to win anyway I can get it,” Ellis said. “I want to win this for Beach Channel.”
The team’s nature is very competitive, but there is also a tight camaraderie that’s been developed this season. It’ll take that, along with their tennis skills to defeat the defending champions Long Island City.
“I think these guys are going to remember for the rest of their lives that they played a final at the City of New York USTA tennis courts,” Sullivan said. “And that we were good enough to be here.”
BCHS Softball Defeat
On May 20, the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins couldn’t withstand the hot bats from AP Randolph in the first round of the PSAL B girls’ softball playoffs. The visitors scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning as No. 18 seed Randolph defeated 15th seed Beach Channel, 11-7.
The Lady Dolphins finished their season at 12-4, and second place in the Queens B1 Division.
“This season was an improvement. I’m proud of them,” said Beach Channel coach Dominic Stanco. “The girls overachieved with what we had. They put their heart into it.”