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Sports Star: Robyn Francis, junior guard, Francis Lewis HS girls basketball team


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Name: Robyn Francis
School: Francis Lewis
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
position: Guard

 

Robyn is a junior guard on the Francis Lewis High School girls basketball team. Francis scored 8.9 points, grabbed 6.9 rebounds and added 4.4 assists per game this season for the Lady Patriots, and contributed to the team’s recent PSAL Division AA city championship title. Francis is also part of the school’s outdoor track team. In her spare time Francis volunteers to mentor young basketball players around ages 7 to 10 in a local league. She oversees practices and helps with drills.

Off the court and track, Francis maintains a 92 percent average, and has applied to be a member of Arista, the National Honor Society. Her favorite subject is math and she would like to study accounting in college. Although she is not completely sure yet where she will continue her education, St. John’s University in Jamaica is at the top of her list. Francis is also hoping to join the women’s basketball team at St. John’s.

Why is it important to do well both academically and athletically?
“It’s hard, but it’s also worth it. If I can get a half basketball scholarship and a half academic scholarship, that would be great. I want to go to go college for free, and I want to focus on my education.”

Why do you want to major in accounting?
“Because I’m good at math, and I want to do math as a career. Accounting involves math, and it’s a good paying job.”

Why do you like teaching young children to play basketball?
“Since I have a great talent in basketball, I want to share that with others. Also, when I stop playing, I want to see the younger generation playing at a higher level of basketball than me.”

Why would St. John’s University be a good fit for you?
“I think St. John’s is convenient because it’s close to home, it has accounting and I like how the girls [basketball team]plays.”

 

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Sports Star: Jaheam Cornwall, point guard, Francis Lewis HS basketball team


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Name: Jaheam Cornwall

School: Francis Lewis High School

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point Guard

As a sophomore Jaheam Cornwall is leading the Francis Lewis Patriots (4-1 PSAL Queens-A West) with 20 points per game as of Wednesday, December 18. He is also leading the PSAL Queens-A West conference with 100 points in five games. In Francis Lewis’ latest game against Aviation High School on December 17, Cornwall scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Why do you play basketball?

“I started playing basketball at 8 years old. It started off as something fun and then I saw how good I could be and I just pushed myself harder and harder every day. My brother and my mom have supported me fully.”

What do you aspire to do?

“I want to go to college. I’ll be the first one to go to college in my family. That’ll be the best thing for [my mom], to see her son go to college.”

Which colleges are you thinking about attending?  

“Iona College, Fordham University, St. Francis College and The University of Texas.”

What are your hobbies?

“Go to the movies with friends. Go to the park and shoot around.”

What other career would you do besides basketball? 

Firefighter. They have like a good job. They help save people.”

 

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Francis Lewis can’t cramp Cardozo’s style


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Benjamin Cardozo senior Jason Elliott let out screams in pain and grabbed his leg as he wailed on the ground during the second half of boys soccer game versus Francis Lewis Patriots on September 25.

Elliott’s leg had cramped up and the pain seemed unbearable as Cardozo coach Richard Parascos ran to his side to help.

The game was halted for a few minutes and a handful of teammates picked Elliot up and took him off the field as if he were being saved from a burning building.

“I wasn’t hydrated,” he said.

Not only was he thirsty for water; Elliott was hungry for a win. After a break on the sidelines, some stretching, water and a massage, Elliott recovered and scored the golden goal, a header in the 87th minute, to give the Judges a 2-1 win over Francis Lewis in PSAL Queens Division A soccer.

“I saw it coming from far and I just try to make sure to get myself the best opportunity to score it,” Elliot said about the goal. Through the goal his cramped leg was still hurting, but Elliot said, “We’re resilient. We fight. We don’t give up.”

And that’s the way they played all game. Cardozo (4-1) was backed into a corner after allowing an early goal in the first half.

In the 26th minute Francis Lewis (3-2) took a 1-0 lead after forward Dorie James headed the ball in the goal, following a throw-in from senior Nikolas Touros.

But Cardozo wasn’t going to back down. With just seven minutes into the second half the Judges found the answer. They flooded the box on a throw-in and senior Panayiotis Koumas headed the ball in for the equalizer.

“In the first half we really didn’t step strong to the ball,” Parascos said. “That was the big difference in the game. I think we possessed the ball better in the second half.”

From then it was a back and forth of teams exchanging off target, but powerful shots and near corner kicks that were headers away from finding the back of the net. The atmosphere between these eternal Queens rivals was reminiscent of a playoff match in November, despite being just the fifth league game of the season.

And then the shenanigans ensued.

At one point Cardozo had an extra player on the field. It may have been an honest mistake, but Francis Lewis was taking a free kick and the play should have resulted in a yellow card. However, the referees blew the call and Cardozo got off lucky.

With just a few minutes left in regulation, when it was Cardozo’s turn for a free kick, Patriots coach Roger Sarmuksnis purposely told two extra players to get on the field to defend the goal, leading to a successful stop, but a yellow card charge.

“This is playoff soccer right here,” Sarmuksnis said. “I’m just laughing, because that normally happens at the end of the season.”

The game flowed into extra time until Elliott’s goal brought it to an end. With the win Cardozo now heads to top of the standings.

 

QUEENS A EAST SOCCER STANDINGS – 9(26)13

Benjamin Cardozo    4-1-0

Francis Lewis             3-2-0

Bayside                         2-1-2

Forest Hills                 2-1-2

John Bowne                1-4-0

Martin Van Buren    0-5-0

 

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