2012-10-12 / Sports

H.S. Roundup: Scholars’ Seek To Make Title Run

By Elio Velez


The Scholars’ Academy girls volleyball team The Scholars’ Academy girls volleyball team Scholars’ Academy has one mission this season. That is to get to the PSAL Class B girls volleyball championship game after falling in the semifinals last year to Leon Goldstein.

On Tuesday afternoon, Scholars’ Academy improved to a 5-0 record with a two set (25-14, 25-12) victory over Beach Channel in a game held at Far Rockaway Educational Campus.

Athena McDonald-Smith, who was a member on the team that earned the 2010 Class B championship, is excited with the way the team has started.

Smith, a senior, has become the team’s starting setter and recorded 10 aces and 13 service points against Beach Chan-nel.

Fellow seniors Megan Lacgonata, Maura Hennessey and Paris Hanson, who returns to the lineup after studying abroad in Germany, will be key players this season.

“I do believe we have to step up a little bit because we lost some significant players,” Smith said. “But I think that the new girls, and the girls who are returning have grown stronger as a volleyball players. The new girls want it as bad as we do.”


Far Rockaway celebrates after wining their first game. Far Rockaway celebrates after wining their first game. Scholars coach Kerri Hubbard has seen more of an intense and competitive nature coming from her team to start the 2012 PSAL season. There is a promising group of younger players with sophomore Celeste Lynch entering the starting lineup.

Athletic newcomers include Jessie Glaz and Emma Michaels, two key players who were contributors to the city basketball championship team.

“I think we had that chemistry but it didn’t click until later in the season. So they started that earlier this season to become more of a team,” Hubbard said. “It’ll help us when we get to the playoffs and I think we’ll play hard in practice and in games.”

Far Rockaway Educational Campus earned their first win of the volleyball season in two sets (25-22, 25-22) at home on Tuesday against August Martin. Amoi Sterling and Grace Akinbola each recorded five service points for the Seahorses (1-5). Football

Beach Channel/Channel View scored all of their points in the first half on Sunday afternoon and it was just enough offense to record a 14-12 victory over Lehman in a PSAL Championship Division game.

The Dolphins improved to 2-3 this season, but the home victory wasn’t all smooth sailing. The team had to plug holes without injured starters Justin Zemser, Clyde Timmer, and lost defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi to an ankle sprain in the first half.

Other players would step up. Starting quarterback Breland Archbold had his best game of his high school career according to coach Victor Nazario. Archbold completed 8 out of 15 passes for 130 yards, threw two touchdowns, and rushed for 125 yards. Marcus Wilcox caught four passes for 80 yards and caught a touchdown pass along with Michael Stanley.

Lehman cut the score to 14-12 after quarterback Maurice Blease completed a touchdown pass to Johannes Arias with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins made a defensive stand on the attempted two–point conversion as Wilcox tipped away the pass in the end zone.

Nazario didn’t want to sweat out the last few moment of the game, but he’ll take the victory. Beach Channel has a chance to even their record on Saturday at noon against Truman High School in the Bronx.

“I rather take the ugly win than a loss,” Nazario said. Seahorses Fall

Franklin K. Lane spoiled the Homecoming Day festivities for host Far Rockaway Educational Campus on Friday afternoon. Quarterback Rafael Hildago completed four touchdown passes, with three of those going to wide receiver Dymeen Hammond in a 28-6 Lane victory. Lane improved to 4-1 in the PSAL Cup Division. Treasean Harper completed a touchdown pass to Romello White for the lone score as Far Rock-away fell to 1-4 and hosts William C. Bryant (2-3) on Saturday at 12 p.m. Boys Soccer

In the second peninsula meeting this year, Beach Channel and Far Rockaway battled to a 1-1 draw in a PSAL Class B Queens I division game held on Friday afternoon.

The Seahorses (2-4-3, 9 points) took a 1-0 lead in the first half as Jeyson Rivas scored a goal off a pass from Jeffrey Machado.

Beach Channel answered back when Kevin Ventura made a pass to forward Franklin Zuniga, who tied the game with his third goal of the season in the second half.

The third place Dolphins (6-2-1, 19 points) visits second place Campus Magnet on Saturday at 12 p.m. Girls Soccer

Gabriela Martinez scored two goals, and goalkeeper Kayleigh Hurley made eight saves as Beach Channel/Channel View recorded a 2-0 win at Springfield Gardens on Friday.

Beach Channel, who improved to 6-0- 1 in the Queens BVI division, will host Martin Van Buren on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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