2012-05-11 / Sports

HS Report: Dolphins Win

By Elio Velez

Tianna Parkes was with her Beach Channel/Channel View lacrosse teammates at a camp in Boston last summer conducted by Northwestern women’s coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller.

Parkes, the Dolphins starting goalie, was told by Hiller to adopt a nickname that started with her first letter and a food she liked.

I didn’t want to be tuna fish or turnips, so I picked ‘Taco’, I liked tacos and it stuck when I got back to school,” Parkes said. ”Even people now on the team call me that. I’m used to it.”

‘Taco’ Parkes has also adjusted to her role as the team’s starting goalie. The Dolphins goalie shined at Randalls Island on a dreary Tuesday afternoon at Randalls Island by stonewalling 17 shots on goal to lead Beach Channel to a 12-6 win.

The victory in the PSAL regular season finale gives Beach Channel (7- 7) some momentum as they prepare for their first round game on Tuesday, May 15. The Dolphins earned the fifth seed and travels to Cardozo.

“The chemistry is way better. Everybody is getting used to everybody. It’s a new team. It was awkward at first, but it’s a team now,” Parkes said.

A young Beach Channel team has played well down the stretch. The Dolphins almost pulled off the upset last week when they took defending champions Tottenville to overtime at home before falling 16-15 in double overtime in heartbreaking fashion.

Parkes has organized a young defense and has helped keep the team within striking distance in most games with her shotblocking ability according to coach Sam Innes.

“She’s the best goalie we’ve ever had in the program. She’s a student. She watches film, goes to the camp and works on her games and stepped it up this year,” Innes said.

Starting midfielder Courtney Gallagher scored six goals to lead the Dolphins offense. Tabitha Rosario added three goals with Tashawna Reid (2) and Melisa Williams adding the other scores.

Gallagher says the defeat against Tottenville has boosted their hopes of making a deep playoff run.

“We needed that game before playoffs because it’s boosted our confidence a lot,” Gallagher said. ”I’ve been playing it my head over and over if we would of did this or did that, but we played our best.”

Innes said his team was up to the task mentally and emotionally of facing a playoff type atmosphere against Tottenville. If the team can carry that intensity to the playoffs, then the Dolphins can make an impact.

“We got to get mentally prepared and physically prepared and see what we can do and make a run,” Innes said. Basketball

Xavier junior forward Matt Crockett was recently selected to the All- Class A fourth team squad by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The 6-foot-3 Breezy Point resident scored 14.9 points per game for Xavier. Crockett was also selected to the New York Post’s All- Manhattan first team honors.

Archbishop Molloy sophomore guard C.J. Davis, a Far Rockaway resident, was named to the New York Post All-Queens second team. Baseball

Far Rockaway Educational Campus earned their first win of the year as Ismael De Los Santos pitched a complete game and struck out 11 batters in a 9-4 victory over August Martin on Monday afternoon.

Santos allowed seven hits, and walked four batters in seven innings pitched. Jordan Aguino drove in 5 RBI as Far Rockaway scored seven runs in the top of the seventh on the road to take a 9-1 lead.

Jeyson Rivas recorded the second victory for the Seahorses (2-11, PSAL Queens South) on the mound by striking out 6 batters in five innings pitched to lead Far Rockaway to a 8-3 win on Wednesday over August Martin. Rivas also went 2-4 with 3 RBI, and Christopher Goerge had 3 hits.

The Seahorses will host Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on Monday at 4 p.m. Softball

Lauren Hegel went for 4-4 with two triples, a home run and drove in 6 RBI to give Scholars’ Academy a 19-4 win over Far Rockaway Educational Campus on Monday afternoon at Fort Tilden.

First baseman Rebecca O’Connor had three hits in four at bats, and six Seawolves players each recorded an RBI. Shannon Toomey got the win on the mound for Scholars’ as they improved to 12-2 and was tied for first place along with John Adams in the PSAL Queens BII Division.

Scholars will play today against fourth place Robert F. Kennedy (10-4) at Kissena Corridor field.

Far Rockaway improved to 5-10 with a 21-6 victory over Springfield Gardens on Wednesday. Amanda Fyfe drove in 5 RBI’s and pitcher Jelissa Williams got the win.

Beach Channel lost 21-11 to Robert F. Kennedy on Tuesday. The Dolphins (8-6) have already clinched a playoff berth with two games left. Tennis

Beach Channel/Channel View had their PSAL C Division playoff semifinal matchup against Harry S. Truman postponed on Tuesday due to rain. They will make up that game at presstime at Newtown High School.

A victory by the Dolphins will advance them to the championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park today at 3:30 p.m. Boys Golf

Scholars Academy defeated Bayside High School by a score of 4-1 as the Seawolves improved to a 5-2 record on the season.

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