High School Roundup: Scholars Gets Top Playoff Seed
Scholars’ Academy girls varsity coach Janet Kleiner kept refreshing the PSAL page for almost an hour on Saturday afternoon. She just wanted to make sure that the news was true that the Seawolves were seeded number one in this year’s PSAL ‘B’ playoffs.
The reports about the Seawolves on the PSAL website were indeed true. Scholars not only made the playoffs in only their second year on the varsity level, but to grab the top seed is a great accomplishment for the Rockaway Park school.
Scholars will get the only bye in the first round, which began a few days ago. And Seawolves earned home court advantage if they make it past the quarterfinals. Their second round opponent after the winter recess this upcoming will be either No. 16 Law and Justice or No. 17 Morrisania.
“I checked back for the next hour to see,” Kleiner said. “I knew it was true and got the word out to the team. It’s a big compliment for us and it’s a great reward for this program,”
Scholars’ impressed the PSAL committee on Saturday with an impressive 23-1 overall and winning the Queens B East Division title with a 15-0 mark. They made their mark against teams from the ‘A’ division in recording victories over Forest Hills, Flushing and John Adams. What may have put the Seawolves over the top with the committee was their 51-47 win over No. 2 seed Bedford Academy in the PSAL ‘B’ showcase on February 5.
The upside for Scholars’ is they can get some rest after playing a grueling stretch in which they won five games in six days earlier this month. The bad part is Scholars’ will only play one game today at St. Edmund Prep (5:30 p.m.) in only 14 days. They will not know if their second round game will be scheduled for February 28 or on another day during the week.
Kleiner will use the winter recess to get her team rested and get enough practice time to prepare for the weeks ahead.
“We’re very happy to be number one,” Kleiner said. “We’re a fun team to watch, we have worked hard but we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves.” BCHS Falls In The Bronx
The season ended in disappointing fashion for Beach Channel. The Dolphins lost a 36-22 halftime lead and eventually fell 53-51 to Gompers in the first round of the PSAL ‘AA’ boys playoffs in the Bronx on Wednesday night.
No. 17 Beach Channel (4-11) could not get on track offensively in the second half and only mustered eight points in the third quarter. Senior guard Kevin Marmolejos scored 20 points to lead Beach Channel. Carlos Galan led No. 16 Gompers with 15 points and Pierce Smith added 13 points. Seahorses Blasted
Far Rockaway could not overcome a slow start in the second half of their first round ‘A’ boys playoff game as No. 26 Jamaica won 67-33 on Wednesday night. Jamaica (11-3) held a 32-22 lead at halftime and never lost the lead. Jamaica was led by Johnny Gomez scored 25 points and Steven Stephenson added 24 points.
Far Rockaway was hampered by their poor second half effort and was eliminated from the playoffs with an 8- 7 overall record.
“We didn’t look good at all,” said a disappointed Far Rockaway coach Mark Bacchus. “We didn’t shoot or play defense at all. Jamaica is a good team.”