Borough Sports Bites

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Colgate Women’s Games

Laurelton, Queens sisters Phyllis and Claudia Francis are moving on to the semifinals of the Colgate Women’s Games thanks to their high-jumping and track-running prowess. In week four of the preliminaries, Cardozo High School junior Claudia took the 800 Meter race in 2:15.8, then sister Phyllis tied for first in the high jump competition. Claudia then came back and won the 1500 Meters in 4:43.3, a full five seconds ahead of second place. The semifinals will take place this Saturday, with the finals being held at Madison Square Garden a week later.

Girls High School Basketball

Christ the King defeated Bishop Ford in Middle Village on Friday, 65-42, avenging an early season upset loss. The Royals forced 31 turnovers and dominated their way to a 24-point second quarter cushion and a fifth straight victory. Junior Bria Smith led Christ the King with 26 points and seven steals. The Royals then added a sixth straight win on Sunday, defeating South Shore, 59-42.

Boys High School Basketball

Richmond Hill senior Malik Batine made it rain against Grover Cleveland on Wednesday, January 13, scoring 36 points in a 96-70 home victory. Batine also dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds for the Lions, who improved to 8-6 in the Public School Athletic League’s Queens ‘A’ East division.

Beach Channel High School topped Thomas Edison 67-61 on Thursday, January 14. Senior Christopher Thompson led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. The win puts the Dolphins (6-4) in a tie with Edison for third place in the Queens ‘AA’ division.

Boys Swimming Preview

The Bayside Commodores are on the verge of yet another perfect performance in the PSAL’s Queens division. First year head coach Henya Goldstein has led Bayside to a 9-0 record with the last meet of year coming against Far Rockaway (4-4) on Friday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m.