New Coach Seeks To Inspire BCHS Revival
New Beach Channel/Channel View baseball coach John Mangieri couldn’t have imagined a better start to the new PSAL baseball campaign.The Dolphins have recorded a 2-0 start in their return to the ‘B’ Division and recorded back to back no hitters against peninsula rivals Far Rockaway this past week.
Freshman Kely Aponte allowed no hits in four innings and struck out 10 batters in a 14-0 Dolphins win on Monday. Kevin Marmolejos, the Dolphins senior basketball star, pitched his first ever game on Wednesday and struck out 13 batters in a 12-1 Beach Channel win.
The 34-year old Mangieri is aiming to rebuild a squad which struggled with losing campaigns in the ‘A” Division the last four years.
“It’s not going to be about wins and losses right away. It’s about doing it the right way,” Mangieri said
Mangieri, a Howard Beach native and physical education teacher at Channel View, replaced longtime Dolphins coach Tom Kazalski this season. He will bring plenty of baseball experience to his new team.
After starring at Molloy High School as a player under legendary coach Jack Curran, he returned to the school as an assistant the last few seasons. Mangieri has taught plenty of local high school stars as a pitching instructor with the Storm Baseball Academy.
Mangieri is trying to create a winning attitude with new uniforms and some new players.
“It’s about respecting the game, respecting each other and I made that clear from day one and the kids are doing a tremendous job,” Mangieri said.
As a right-handed pitcher, he went to star at St. Francis College (NY) and was drafted by the New York Mets in the eleventh round of the 1997 draft.
After three years in the Mets system, Mangieri recorded minor league stints with the Cincinnati Reds and the Florida Marlins. He also went overseas to play in Taiwan and his biggest honor came in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006 . He played on Team Italy alongside MLB stars and former Mets Mike Piazza and Frank Catalanotto.
The experience that Mangieri brings to the table inspired a few players to join the varsity for the first time. George Martinez and Carlos Munoz will be the seniors counted on by the Beach Channel coach to lead the team.
Marmolejos played baseball all his life, but focused his energies on playing with the basketball team.He was recently chosen to play in the NYC Mayor’s Cup all-star game with the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island team at City College on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Marmolejos hopes the new look Dolphins will become a contender in the Queens ‘B’ South Division.
I heard he was a pretty good guy. I heard what he accomplished everything and I wanted to be around it,” Marmolejos said.
Far Rockaway will struggle this season with an almost brand new roster. Seahorses coach Tom Telford is trying to keep his team positive and expects to see improvement. “They are going to get better and they will get better,” Telford said. “These guys won’t give up and if they don’t they will learn. Girls Lacrosse
Beach Channel/Channel View have won back to back PSAL girls lacrosse titles, but this season brings an entirely new wrinkle for head coach Sam Innes’ team. The two-time defending champions are a new look team this season.
Cynithia Smalls, Tolagbe Olatubosun, Casey Gallagher and Idalia Viard have all departed and were four of the top scorers for the Lady Dolphins with 96 goals combined last season.
It’s why Beach Channel has plenty of newcomers to mix with the few upperclassmen.
“We know what we need to work on. We lost 100 or some goals last year and that’s hard to make up,” Innes said. “Once we get into the season and get some games and experience, it will help so much.
Senior midfielder/attacker Whitney Brown, who leads the league with 14 goals, will be vital as one of the team’s captains. Courtney Gallagher, Shevana Henry and Sabina Triunfel are returners who will put the ball in the net. Sophomore Tiana Parkes has shown great strides as the team’s new goalie. Ajana Powlette, Tierra Holmes, Shanel Burgher, Jessica Berrios will be some of the new and returning players featuring on defense.
Beach Channel will play their first game at home against Curtis on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.