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Construction crushed, Tottenville Pirates steal championship

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The tears started to flow uncontrollably off pitcher Britney Rodriguez’s face as she lined up for the presentation for the finalist medals.

She couldn’t help but cry. Her team, the High School of Construction Red Hawks, just dropped the city championship game against the Tottenville High School Pirates in a 13-3 blowout at St. John’s University on Sunday.

The lost was devastating, but what seemed to hurt the senior more was that her Red Hawks didn’t battle as the top-ranked city team.

“We are a better team than that and I don’t know what happened,” said Rodriguez, who signed with Lackawanna College. “We fell short and we didn’t come out the way we were supposed to.”

The Red Hawks aimed for back-to-back city titles, but played a sloppy, error-filled game, allowing five quick runs in the first inning. Then in the third inning, the Pirates added six more runs — two on wild pitches — to take an 11-0 lead.

“Those two innings were just unbelievable. That first inning set the tone,” Red Hawks coach Marco Migliaccio said. “To go out like this is pretty horrible, because this is not even close to what our best game should have been.”

Construction temporarily recovered out of its funk and scored three runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a bases-loaded single by junior Nicole Ovelheira. There was a glimmer of hope for the Red Hawks, but it was quickly dashed in the next inning as they struggled to get base runners. Tottenville piled on two more runs in final inning to deflect any hopes of a comeback.

“The nerves really hit the girls who have never been here before and then it hit all of us,” said senior Amy Pirozek, who will play at Hunter College next year. “We realized what was at stake and it just fell apart.”

Rodriguez, Pirozek and a few other seniors at the Ozone Park school are the remaining members of the team that built the Red Hawks into the A Division champion last year. They are happy for where the team has come in the past few years, but upset with their final game.

“It feels great, but this is not how I wanted it to end,” Rodriguez said.




One third of NYC children live in poverty, says report

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The percentage of children living in poverty in New York City has risen to its highest levels in more than 10 years, according to a report by the Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC), a nonprofit organization that keeps track of the well-being of the city’s children.

“For far too many New York City children, the cumulative barriers to well-being – poverty, food insecurity, unstable housing, and lack of access to essential programs – are great, and disparities are profound and apparent on a geographic level,” said Jennifer March-Joly, CCC’s executive director.

Since 2008, poverty levels have increased from 26.5 percent to close to 30 percent in 2011, the study found, the highest level since 2000 when more than 30 percent of the city’s children lived in poverty.

In Queens, 21.1 percent of the borough’s children were living below the poverty level  in 2011, the second-lowest rate of the five boroughs.

Families are considered to be living in poverty when their total income is lower than the national threshold of what a family needs to live, based on the number of people in the family and the ages of those in the house.

The report also listed the best and worst places for children living in New York City, examining rates of child abuse, child poverty and literacy. Mott Haven, Hunts Point and Brownsville were ranked the worst, with about half of the children living below the poverty line.

The best neighborhoods for children included Bayside, Tottenville, the Upper East Side, Bay Ridge and Rego Park/ Forest Hills.