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Bayside softball escapes upset in playoff trap game


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The Bayside High School softball team’s reward for being excellent all year was almost the cause for its demise in the 2014 PSAL playoffs.

The city’s second-ranked softball team earned a two-game bye because of its 15-1 record and tie for first in the Queens A Division, delaying its playoff debut until the sweet sixteen round on May 27 against Curtis High School of Staten Island.

But rust from the two-game hiatus quickly showed. Curtis, the 15-seeded team, jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and Bayside was trailing 5-4 by the fifth inning. Bayside was looking at an upset and early exit from the tournament, when the team quickly woke up in the bottom of the fifth inning led by senior Heidi Gomez, and they won the game 9-5.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Coach Steve Piorkowski said, referring to the bye. “Skills like hitting and pitching you need to be game sharp, you want to be competing straight through.”

Gomez, the team’s ace pitcher, finished with 12 strikeouts and a complete game, but she gave up four walks and eight hits, including a monster three-run homer, which gave Curtis its 5-4 lead in the fifth.

But following her mistake, Gomez, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, started the Lady Commodores’ rally when she powered a single in bottom of the inning. Her pinch-runner eventually scored on a throwing error to first base to tie the game.

Later in the inning, with one base runner, senior catcher Taylor Moy smacked a triple, giving Bayside the lead. Then Moy scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat to expand the lead, 7-5.

“I was like, we got to catch back up, we’re going to lose and I don’t want to lose,” Moy said. “So we had to rally, push through, make contact — any contact possible.”

Bayside quieted Curtis’ offensive for the remainder of the game and expanded their lead in the next inning. With the trap game behind them, the team feels that they’ll be in shape for the next round.

“I think if we play how we normally play, we’ll do great,” Gomez said.

Bayside will host George Washington of Manhattan on Thursday at 4 p.m.

 

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Commodores catching fire with win over Wildcats


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No one needed to remind Bayside Commodores outfielder Julian Rodriquez what a big moment it was when he came to bat in the fifth inning against John Bowne on Monday.

The Commodores were leading the Wildcats 3-1 when Bowne’s freshman pitcher, Elvis Torres Devargas, started to lose control.

He walked the bases full, and Bayside coach Pat Torney turned to Rodriguez, a sophomore who didn’t have a single hit for the season in seven at bats, to pinch hit. Rodriguez’s at bat defined Bayside’s season. The Commodores have lacked offense against the conference’s top teams early in the season, resulting in a slow start.

But in this situation, Rodriguez smacked a double to drive in three runs and lead Bayside to a 9-4 victory over John Bowne. The Commodores (3-4 PSAL) are now hoping that with the win over the tough Wildcats (5-2 PSAL), they can continue the offense and turn around the season.

“We are starting to hit,” senior Elijah Leerdam said. “We weren’t hitting much before. Last game we didn’t come through for [our pitcher].”

Before the holidays, Bayside suffered a devastating 5-3 defeat to John Bowne, the conference’s second place team, after the team’s ace Jeremy Arenas pitched eight innings. Before that the Commodores dropped a pair of embarrassing losses to the perennial conference champs, the Benjamin Cardozo Judges, by a combined score of 27-0.

But the Commodores aren’t going to see the Judges again for the remainder of the season. And here they were with another opportunity to top the Wildcats, if only they could keep up the offense. Rodriguez waited patiently for Torres Devargas to throw a fastball down the middle of the plate, and blasted the double over the center fielder’s head, unloading the bases.

“I had to come up big,” Rodriguez said of what he was thinking while at the plate. “I was a little nervous at first, but then I just made contact with the ball and it went far.”

Arenas gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning, but held the Wildcats for the remainder of the game. He pitched a complete game with three strikeouts in the Commodores’ most impressive win of the season.

The team moved into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Queens A East division, and they believe if they can continue to pick up the bats like Rodriguez did, they might be able to pull this season out of the gutter.

 

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Queens PSAL high school football roundup – playoffs round 1


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CITY CONFERENCE- FIRST ROUND

RED DEVILS ON FIRE 

The fourth seeded Flushing Red Devils (7-2 regular season) routed the Curtis Warriors (4-5) by a score of 44-6. The Red Devils had a total of 352 offensive yards. Junior Terrence Chavis completed 12 of 20 passes for 159 yards, and three touchdowns. Senior Deandre Ross Lomax had a great game as well, rushing for 106 yards on 11 attempts and two touchdowns. Senior Kevaun Dunn added a field goal and five extra points.

Round 2: On Saturday, November 16, the Red Devils will face the New Dorp Cougars (7-2).

 

BOWL DIVISION- FIRST ROUND

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The fourth ranked Bayside Commodores (7-2 regular season) beat the Petrides Panthers (7-2) by a score of 52-20. Senior Trevon Moe had a monster day, leading the Commodores’ offense. He rushed for a whopping 251 yards on 14 attempts and four touchdowns. Junior Tyrell Plaza had a good game as well, rushing for 156 yards on 19 attempts, while scoring one touchdown. Senior Kevin Mombelly completed five of eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Round 2: Next up for the Commodores will be second ranked McKee/Staten Island Tech Seagulls (8-1).

EAGLES ELIMINATED 

The eight ranked Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (5-4 regular season) were eliminated by the top seeded South Shore Vikings (9-0), losing by a score of 46-14. The Golden Eagles’ defense struggled allowing 501 offensive yards. Junior Timothy Bowers led the Vikings with 130 yards on the ground on ten attempts and two touchdowns. Senior Dupreme Robinson added 111 rushing yards on seven attempts and a touchdown. Senior Darrius Nichols completed seven of nine passes for 142 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

 

CUP CONFERENCE- FIRST ROUND

BULLDOGS BUCKLED 

The sixth ranked Long Island City Bulldogs (5-4) were eliminated by the George Washington Trojans (6-3) in a score 26-6 loss. The Bulldogs had trouble stopping the running game of the Trojans, allowing 331 yards on the ground. Senior Khary Baker had 134 rushing yards on six attempts and two touchdowns and Sophomore Gino Mota and junior Ramon Reyes added one touchdown each for the Trojans.

 

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Queens PSAL high school football roundup


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HEATHER ZWILLENBERG
Roundup as of October 31, 2013

 

-CITY CONFERENCE-

 

BULL-DOGS BARKING 

The Campus Magnet Bull-dogs (4-5) dominated the Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave (0-8) to a tune of 33-0. The Bull-dogs had a total of 345 yards with 277 yards on the ground. The Orange Wave amassed just 127 offensive yards. Bull-dogs senior Blessuan Austin rushed for 141 yards on seven attempts and two touchdowns. Austin added two touchdowns through the air, completing four of 12 passes for 68 yards. Sophomore Antawan Lewis added a touchdown on the ground. Campus Magnet were to play the Beach Channel Dolphins (0-9) in the last game of the season, but the Bull-dogs have already the game via a forfeit.

SPARTANS CAN’T STREAK 

The John Adams Spartans (1-7) were unable to put a winning streak together, losing by a score of 34-6 at the hands of the Grand Street Campus Wolves (5-3), after winning their first game of the year last week. The Spartans, who had a total of 300 yards, could not hold the Wolves’ offense allowing 421 offensive yards. Spartans senior Danny Messina rushed for 70 yards on five attempts. Through the air Messina amassed 80 yards, completing five of 12 passing attempts and throwing an interception. Next up for the Spartans will be the Flushing Red Devils (6-2).

RED DEVILS BURNED FALCONS 

The Flushing Red Devils (6-2) destroyed the Susan Wagner Falcons’ defense for 478 offensive yards. Junior Terrence Chavis threw for 196 yards with two touchdowns completing nine of 13 passes. Senior Deandre Ross Lomax led the Red Devils on the ground with 103 yards on 12 attempts and two touchdowns.

 

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BAYSIDE BLASTS EAGLES 

The Bayside Commodores (6-2) soundly defeated the Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (5-3) by a score of 34-0. The Commodores compiled 415 total yards. Senior Kevin Mombelly threw for 225 yards with nine completions and two touchdowns. Mombelly added a rushing touchdown as well. Senior Jeremiah Harris rushed for 63 yards on two attempts and scored a touchdown. Junior Tyrell Plaza also had a touchdown on four attempts and rushed for 55 yards. Next up for the Commodores will be the August Martin Falcons (1-7).

 

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PSAL basketball roundup


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The Bayside Commodores improved to 5-0 by beating the Forest Hills Rangers (0-4) by a score of 85-65. Senior Austin Williams led the way for the Commodores scoring 29 points. Senior Cantrell Barker scored 18 points. Senior Gagandeep had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Daqauise Andrews scored 14 points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (3-0).

In their last game, the Thomas Edison Engineers (3-2) beat the Flushing High School Red Devils (1-2) 67-29. For the Engineers, senior Jaleel Charles had a double-double, scoring 19 points while pulling down 14 rebounds. Senior Nosike Obanya scored 19 points as well. Junior Jediah Greene scored 12 points while dishing out five assists. For the Red Devils, not one player reached double figures; sophomore Shahiem Greene led the team with eight points. Next up or the Engineers will be the Rangers.

The John Adams Spartans (3-1) lost their last game to the Pathways College Prep Trailblazers (3-1) by a score of 85-55. For the Trailblazers, senior Sam Annorh Jr. had a game-high 30 points. Junior Izaha Jackson added 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Senior Jamel Holmes scored 15 points to go along with nine boards. Senior Romario Fletcher had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For the Spartans, senior Markell French scored 17 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out six assists. Senior Ahmed Kone was the only other Spartan to score in double figures with 11 points. Next up for the Spartans will be the Grover Cleveland Beavers (0-3).

The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (2-2) beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (0-4) by a score of 54-46. Junior Noah Vickers led the Bull-Dogs with 17 points. Senior Tyrell Fields was second on the team with 15 points. Senior Alton Bennett scored 11 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. For the Vee Bees senior Trevor Newman led the team with 15 points. Senior Brian Agard was second on the team with 14 points while senior Miles Banks had a game high 12 rebounds.

 

PSAL basketball roundup


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The John Adams Spartans (1-0) beat the Richmond Hill Lions (0-1) in the first game of the season by a score of 66-45. The Spartans who outscored the Lions in each of the first three quarters, road the strength of their incredible start. The Spartans shutout the Lions 15-0 in the first quarter. Senior Ahmed Kone led the Spartans with a double-double scoring 17 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. Senior Markell French recorded a double-double as well, scoring 13 points and dishing out 11 assists while also pulling down six rebounds. Seniors Simeon Hall and Ishmael Nausrudeen added 10 points each. The Lions were led by junior Kevin Baksh who scored 17 points. The only other player in double figures was senior Paramvir Singh with 12 points. The Spartans will play the Hillcrest Hawks in their next matchup.

The Bayside Commodores (1-0) beat the Thomas Edison Engineers (0-1) by a score of 69-57. For the Commodores senior Cantrell Barker led the team with 22 points. Junior Daquise Andrews added 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Senior Austin Williams scored 12 points while senior Brandon King scored 10. Next up for the Commodores will be the Flushing High School Red Devils.

The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (1-0) bested the Forest Hills Rangers (0-1) 65-50. Junior Nohah Vickers led the Bull-Dogs with 25 points. Senior Tyrell Fields scored 16 points while Sophomore Ramel Powers added 10. Next up for the Bull-Dogs will be the Engineers.

The Springfield Golden Eagles (1-0) beat the Pathways College Prep Trailblazers (0-1) by a score of 61-57. The Golden Eagles found themselves down at halftime by a score of 30-19. The Golden Eagles then went on a tear in the third quarter outscoring the Trailblazers by a score of 23-6. The Golden Eagles were led by junior Dupree McBrayer who had 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. Juniors Jason Deochan and Tyree Lynch had 16 and 11 points, respectively. For the Trailblazers senior Sam Annorh Jr. led the team with 18 points. Sophomore Noel King Wicks scored 12 points to go along with his eight rebounds. The Trailblazers will play the High School For Construction Red Hawks in their next game.

Up the Courts


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The Bayside Commodores (10-2) beat the Beach Channel Dolphins (7-5) by a score of 67-61. For the Commodores, junior Brandon King led all scorers with 30 points, while senior Ryan Tomlin, who is only averaging seven points a game for the season, was second on the team with 21 points. Senior Uzonna Akazi had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Daqause Andrews only scored one point, but managed to dish out 10 assists while pulling down eight rebounds. For the Dolphins, senior Semaj Smith led the team with 25 points, while senior Ismail Abdullah was one rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior George Palmer chipped in with 15 points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (11-1).

The Judges beat the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (9-3) by a score of 78-56. For the Judges, senior Ryan Yearwood had a double-double, leading all scorers with 19 points and tying for the team lead in rebounds with 11. Senior Daniel Janel had a double-double as well, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Omar Williams had 10 points and seven assists. For the Bull Dogs, senior Grequan Carter led the team with 16 points, while senior Tarik Raynor was second on the team with 15 points. Senior Samuel Durodola chipped in with 13 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Next up for the Bull Dogs will be the Forest Hills Rangers (4-8).

In their last game, the Rangers beat the Flushing Red Devils (0-12) by a score of 64-57. For the Rangers, senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double, leading the team in scoring with 26 points and tying for the team lead in rebounds with 18. Senior Shamoy Allen had a double-double as well, with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson was tied with Mehmetaj with 18 rebounds while chipping in with 10 points.

The John Adams Spartans (9-3) beat the Franklin K. Lane Knights (4-8) by a score of 39-21. For the Spartans, Junior Markell French led the team with 12 points, while coming up second on the team in rebounds with six. Junior Paul Johnson was second on the team with 11 points. Junior Justin Cotto was third on the team with seven points, while senior Shane Hubbard scored six points while leading the team with seven rebounds. Next up for the Spartans will be the Grover Cleveland Tigers (4-8).

High School Basketball Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores beat the Campus Magnet Bulldogs (8-2) by a score of 52-43, to improve their record to 8-2. For the Commodores junior Austin Williams led all scorers with 22 points. Senior Uzonna Akazi was second on the team with 10 points and pulled down four rebounds as well. Junior Cantrell Baker scored eight points while senior Ryan Tomlin scored six points. Junior Jamal Roseburgh led the team with five rebounds. For the Bull Dogs, sophomore Noah Vickers led the team with 19 points and seven assists. Senior Samuel Durodola was second on the team with 16 points while leading the team with seven rebounds. Only two other players scored for the Bulldogs for a combined eight points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Forest Hills Rangers (3-7).

In their last game, the Rangers lost to the Beach Channel Dolphins (6-4) by a score of 60-54. For the Dolphins, senior Ismail Abdullah led all scorers with a double-double scoring 20 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Junior Kapreme Irving and senior Semaj Smith each scored 12 points. Seniors Christopher John and George Palmer each scored six points. For the Rangers, senior Damien Jackson had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson also dished out five assists. Senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Shamoy Allen chipped in with nine points and five rebounds. Next up for the Dolphins will be the Thomas Edison Inventors (2-8).

The Inventors were blown out in their last game by the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (9-1), 89-47. Senior Tajay Henry had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Ryan Yearwood had a double-double as well with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Edwin Sainvil scored 10 points while dishing out six assists. Senior Sven Lewis Hunt was one point away from a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. The Judges had a total of 68 rebounds in the game. Next up for the Judges will be the Flushing Red Devils.

The Long Island City Bulldogs are at the top of the Queens A West Standings with a 10-0 record. In their last game the Bulldogs beat the Francis Louis Patriots (6-4) by a score of 61-49 extending their regular season winning streak to 25. Senior Kevin Green Jr. had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Green also led the team with seven assists. Senior Xavier Jones was second on the team with 14 points. Senior Arthur Santanna had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

High School Basketball Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores (6-2) won their last game by a score of 68-48 over the Flushing Red Devils (0-8). Junior Brandon King had a game high 20 points to lead the Commodores. Senior Uzonna Akazi had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Cantrell Baker added eight points. Junior Austin Williams filled up the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists. For the Red Devils, senior Dillion Bowen led the team with 12 points. Junior Justyn Velasquez had eight points and three rebounds. Senior Ackeem Ore Vohrnis had four points and led the team in rebounds with seven, while sophomore Papa Ekow Donkor had four points and was second on the team in rebounds with six. In their next game the Commodores will play Thomas Edison Inventors (2-6).

In their last game, the Inventors beat the Forest Hills Rangers (3-5) by a score of 78-70. Senior Deshawn Cann led all scorers with 27 points for the Inventors. Junior Jaleel Charles had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Orain Lawrence chipped in with 12 points, while Senior Rowan Fisher had 11 points and six rebounds. For the Rangers, senior Shamoy Allen led the team with 20 points. Senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson had a double-double as well with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Benjamin Batash chipped in with 13 points. Next up for the Rangers will be the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (2-6).

The Vee Bees lost to the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (7-1) by a score of 66-61 in their last game. For the Judges, junior Kyle Credle led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Ryan Yearwood was second on the team with 11 points. Junior Jermaine Lawrence had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Tajay Henry scored nine points while pulling down seven rebounds. Junior Kendall Brown had nine points as well. Junior Omar Williams had six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. For the Vee Bees, senior Edgar Lebron led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior Brandon Howard had 15 points and six assists. Senior Jameke Mejia chipped in with 12 points. Senior Chucks Obunse had seven points and was second on the team with seven rebounds. Next up for the Judges will be the Beach Channel Dolphins (5-3).

In their last game, the Dolphins lost to the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs by a score of 55-51. Senior Grequan Carter led the Bull Dogs with 18 points. Senior Tarik Raynor was second on the team with 17 points. For the Dolphins, senior Semaj Smith led the team with 18 points. Ismail Abdullah was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior George Palmer chipped in with 10 points, while senior Christopher John scored seven points.

High School Basketball Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores have started the season 3-1 after defeating the Forest Hills Rangers (2-2) by a score of 73-33. Junior Brandon King was one of two players to score in double figures, leading all scorers with 21 points. For the season, King is the Commodores’ leading scorer with 19.25 points per game. Uzonna Akazi, second on the team in scoring, added 18 points and was first on the team in rebounds with six. Junior Jamal Roseburgh scored seven points, while junior Corey Mittenthal scored six. Junior Austin Williams also scored six points and dished out five assists. For the Rangers, Arif Mehmetaj led the team with 14 points and senior Shamoy Allen chipped in with seven points. Senior Damien Jackson scored six points while leading the team with six rebounds. Next up for the Commodores will be the Beach Channel Dolphins (3-1).

In their last game the Dolphins beat the Thomas Edison Inventors (0-4) by a score of 61-39. Senior Semaj Smith led the Dolphins in scoring with 19 points and also grabbed five rebounds. Senior Ismail Abdullah had 18 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Senior George Palmer scored seven points with eight rebounds. Kapreme Irving chipped in with six points, while senior Rowan Fisher led the Inventors with 21 points. Senior Deshawn Cann scored nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Benjamin Cardozo Judges have started the season 3-0. With this past win, the Judges extended their regular season winning streak to 20 straight games. In their last game, the Judges beat the Flushing Red Devils (0-4) by a score of 76-41 as six-foot-nine junior Jermaine Lawrence led the team in scoring with 19 points. Lawrence also had 17 rebounds, giving him a double-double. For the season Lawrence is averaging 19.67 points a game to go along with 15.67 rebounds a game. Senior Tajay Henry had a double-double as well with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior Daniel Janel also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Judges had a total of 55 rebounds in the game. Next up for the Judges will be the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (3-1).

The Bull Dogs beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (1-2) by a score of 62-44. Senior Samuel Durodola had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tarik Raynor had 17 points as well, with eight rebounds. Senior Grequan Carter had 14 points in the game. Junior Tyrell Fields had just one basket but was able to grab eight rebounds. For the Vee Bees, Patrick Gustave had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Chucks Obunse scored just one basket but pulled down 13 rebounds.

High School Basketball Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores have started the basketball season 2-0. In the second game of the season, the Commodores bested the Thomas Edison Inventors (0-2) by a score of 82-56. Junior guard Brandon King led the Commodores in scoring with 25 points and fellow junior Austin Williams was second on the team with 20 points and led the team with eight assists. Both players were one rebound away from a double-double. Senior Uzonna Akazi chipped in with seven points and pulled down three rebounds, while sophomore guard Daqauise Andrews scored four points in the game and grabbed six rebounds, which was tied for second on the Commodores with junior Vincent England.

The Forest Hills Rangers have started the season 2-0 as well. The Rangers beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (0-1) by a score of 61-53. Senior Arif Mehmeta had a double-double, leading all scorers with 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Second on the team in scoring was senior Shamoy Allen who had a double-double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson scored seven points while leading the team in rebounds with 11. Senior Jameke Mejia led the Vee Bees with 17 points. Senior Brandon Howard scored 14 points while senior Chucks Obunse scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

In their first game of the season, the Benjamin N. Cardozo Judges beat the Beach Channel Dolphins (1-1) by a score of 72-49. Senior Tajay Henry led all scorers with 22 points and was one away rebounbd from a double-double. Junior Jermaine Lawrence had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Ryan Yearwood scored 10 points. Senior Edwin Sainvil scored six points while dishing out 11 assists. For the Dolphins, senior Ismail Abdullah led the team with a double-double, scoring 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Senior Semaj Smith chipped in with 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (1-1) beat the Flushing Red Devils by a score of 64-40. Campus Magnet senior Tarik Raynor led all scorers with 22 points and led all rebounders with nine. Senior Samuel Durodola had 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior Grequan Carter was the only other player in the game to score in double figures with 11. Senior Justin Harvey had nine points, while sophomore Nohah Vickers scored eight points and totaled seven assists. For the Red Devils, seniors Dillion Bowen and Unel Daley were tied for the team lead in points with eight. Senior Moussa Keita and junior Kylique Lipscombe were second on the team with seven apiece.

PSAL Playoff Football Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores who were 7-2 during the regular season lost in the first round of the Bowl Division playoffs, 22-20, to the Tilden Educational Complex Blue Devils (8-1). The Commodores’ defense was not up to the task, allowing the Blue Devils to amass 335 yards. For the Blue Devils, quarterback Shawn Brathwaite completed 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Tyrone Harris rushed for 83 yards on nine attempts and a touchdown. Senior Farid Adenuga added 49 yards on four attempts. The Blue Devils will face the James Madison Knights (8-1) in the next round.

The John Adams Spartans (4-5), who were seeded 16th in the Championship Division, lost to the top seeded Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters (9-0) by the score of 54-6. The Spartans allowed 556 yards as Railsplitters quarterback Jessel Jones completed all eight passes he attempted for 95 yards. Senior Kareem Folkes rushed for 109 yards on nine attempts and scored three touchdowns. Sophomore Antoine Holloman Jr. rushed for 83 yards on nine attempts with a touchdown, while senior Denzel Duchenne rushed for 46 yards on two attempts and two touchdowns. The Railsplitters will next face the Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave (3-6).

The Campus Magnet Bulldogs (6-3) beat the Curtis Warriors (6-3) by a score of 14-12. For the Bulldogs quarterback Kahlik Greenwood was the reason for the victory. The quarterback completed eight of 15 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Antoine Allen caught four passes for 69 yards and scored both touchdowns. Junior William Callender rushed for 34 yards. The Bulldogs will face the Tottenville Pirates (8-1) in the next round.

The Flushing Red Devils (5-4) lost in the first round of the playoffs by a score of 28-0 at the hands of the Boys and Girls High School Kangaroos (6-3). The Red Devils allowed 358 yards. Kangaroos’ junior Quarterback Keon Marsh led the team to victory, completing all seven passes he attempted for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Richardson Derosena led the team in rushing with 101 yards on 17 attempts with a touchdown. Junior Najee Champagne added 84 yards of his own on nine attempts and a touchdown. The Kangaroos will face the Erasmus Hall Dutchman (6-3).

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BY HEATHER ZWILLENBERG
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The Bayside Commodores (7-2) lost their second game in a row to the August Martin Falcons (6-3) by a score of 6-0. The Commodores gave up 195 yards of offense, with Falcons senior quarterback Ricky Dunbar completing 4 of 8 passes for 85 yards. Dunbar also accounted for the lone touchdown of the day, rushing for 15 yards on six attempts and the score. Richard McKoy led all Falcon rushers with 57 yards on 14 attempts. Senior Clinton Westmoreland Jr. added 27 yards on the ground in nine attempts. The Commodores will be the fifth seed in the playoffs and face off against the fourth seeded Tilden Blue Devils (8-1). The Falcons are the second seed and will have a bye.

In their last game, the Beach Channel Dolphins (6-3) dominated the Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (2-7) by a score of 28-0. The Dolphins had a total of 261 offensive yards while only giving up 47 yards to the Golden Eagles. For the Dolphins, junior Breland Archbold completed 8 of 16 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and also added a touchdown on the ground. Junior Justin Zemser led all rushers with 94 yards on three attempts and two touchdowns. On defense, sophomore Chris Reed had an interception. The Dolphins are the sixth seed in the playoffs and will face the William E. Grady Falcons (7-2) who are the third seed.

The Long Island City Bulldogs (2-7) lost the last game of a disappointing season by a score of 44-20 at the hands of the Jamaica Beavers. The Beavers had a total of 438 yards. Senior Brandon Sims threw a 57 yard touchdown pass. Senior Jaquan Jarvis led all rushers with 283 yards on 20 attempts. In addition, Jarvis crossed the goal line twice. Sims added 82 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on six attempts.

The Campus Magnet Bulldogs (6-3) lost to the Tottenville Pirates by a score of 44-19. The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates on office, 310-267. Although Kahlik Greenwood threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, he struggled to get the ball to his receivers, throwing four interceptions. In comparison, Pirates’ senior Brandon Di Girolamo completed 5 of 8 passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns. For the Bulldogs, junior Asaikie Blake led all rushers with 76 yards on five attempts and a touchdown. Greenwood also added a score on the ground. The Bulldogs are seeded 8th in the Championship playoffs and will face off against the 9th seeded Curtis Warriors (6-3).

The Spartans (4-5), who lost their last game of the season against the Flushing Red Devils (5-4) by a score of 32-14, will face the top seeded Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters (9-0) as the 16th seed. This marks the first time the Spartans will make the playoffs in the Championship division in at least 10 years. The Red Devils, who are seeded 11th, will face the Boys and Girls Kangaroos (6-3) who are seeded 6th.

John Adams Spartans bow out of PSAL soccer playoffs


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In the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) soccer playoffs, the John Adams Spartans lost a heartbreaker at the hands of the Aviation Flyers by a score of 1-0. It was the third loss for the Spartans against their division rivals this season and in all three contests the Spartans failed to score.

The game was a defensive struggle from the start. Both teams moved the ball well to each side of the field, but could not get the ball past the goalkeepers, remaining scoreless in the first half. While they moved the ball well, the Spartans could not get a shot on goal – uncharacteristic for a team that outscored their opponents 32-17 during the regular season.

“We know we could play better,” said head coach Alex Navarrete.

The second half was more of the same accept for one crucial moment – a moment which sealed the Spartans’ fate. A controversial foul was called against Spartans player Akeem Morgan, setting up a penalty kick for Flyers’ sophomore Jonathan Jaramillo. Jaramillo was able to get the ball passed junior Henry Gonzalez for the game’s only goal.

The game was not without chances for the Spartans, as they were able drive the ball but were unable to get the ball passed senior goal keeper Jonathan Rico. Rico was the difference in the game and a couple great saves that literally saved the game for his team.

“He’s a good goal keeper,” said Navarrete. “He came up big time.”

The Flyers will move on to face the Martin Luther Knights – the number one team in the city.

The Flyers were not the only school to move on to the semifinals in the ‘A’ Division. The Bayside Commodores beat the Beacon Blue Demons by a score of 9-8. Tied at 1-1 after regulation time, the Commodores and Blue Demons could not score in overtime forcing penalty shots. The Commodores won that round 8-7.

For the Commodores, junior Daniel Babar scored two goals as did seniors Kevin Cruz and Marcello Russo. The Commodores will go on to play the Francis Lewis Patriots, who beat the Tilden Blue Devils by a score of 3-2.

High School Football Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores (7-1) lost their first game of the season to the Beach Channel Dolphins (5-3) by a score of 36-20. The Commodores had 272 total offensive yards, with all but three yards coming on the ground. Senior Timothy Capers rushed for 128 yards on 15 attempts and a touchdown. Senior Richard Vaughan rushed for 110 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns. The Dolphins had a total of 412 yards all on the ground. Sophomore Diequan Underwood was the offensive star of the game, rushing for 314 yards on 19 attempts and four touchdowns. Junior Breland Archbold rushed for 80 yards on 12 attempts while scoring a touchdown. Next up for the Commodores will be the August Martin Falcons (5-3). The Dolphins will face the Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (2-6).
The Golden Eagles won their last game by a score of 28-0 over the Long Island City Bulldogs (2-6). The Golden Eagles had a total of 226 total offensive yards, all of which came on the ground. Senior Kendell Daniel led all Golden Eagles’ rushers with 96 yards on 14 attempts. Senior Jahkeem Heyward had 47 yards on three attempts with a touchdown. Senior Shaquille Charles had a 15 yard touchdown run, while sophomore Christopher Turnage and senior Justin Martin had 21 and 28 yards respectively. On defense, Turnage had an interception and sophomore Nnamdi Uchendu recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown. Next up for the Bulldogs will be Jamaica.
The John Adams Spartans (4-4) loss to the Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (6-2) by a score of 14-6. The Bull-Dogs had a total of 141 offensive yards in the come-from-behind victory, scoring 14 unanswered points. Kahlik Greenwood only completed one out of three passes, but that one completion was good for a 40 yard touchdown pass. Senior Kareem Turnage led the Bull-Dogs with 55 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Turnage was the defensive star of the game with 12 tackles, a sack, a touchdown and a safety. Next up for the Spartans will be the Flushing Red Devils (4-4).
The Red Devils lost their last game by a score of 28-26 to the Port Richmond Red Raiders. The Red Devils only had 90 offensive yards. Senior Jason Gonzalez completed one out of two passes for a 40 yard touchdown pass. Senior Andrew King had a 50 yard touchdown run. The Red Raiders had a total of 401 offensive yards. Junior Michael Goffredo threw for 85 yards on five out of seven completions. In addition to the 85 passing yards, Goffredo rushed for 74 yards on 12 attempts and a touchdown. Junior Aaron Yates rushed for 85 yards on five attempts and a touchdown. Yates also added a touchdown on an 80 yard kick return. Junior Shaquan Gordon rushed for 82 yards on 11 attempts and a touchdown.