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May 31, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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They are the champions.

Brooklyn Tech won the 2023-24 Girls Badminton Championship, topping the sixth-ranked Bears of Seward Park High School for the title last week.

Seward Park’s Amy Ni topped the No. 1-ranked Engineers’ Ivy Liu, 21-19, 21-19 in the first singles. It was followed with a third singles win by Sophia Gu defeating Eva Maria Strelchenko, 21-17, 18-21 and 21-15.

The Bears were now needing just one of the three remaining matches for the championship.

Here come the Engineers. The doubles match gave Tech its first point, with the team of Aayushma Rai and Youer Wu defeating Jessica Zheng and Tong Yuet Tong in a match that saw both teams split the first two sets.

With Seward Park needing just two points for the title, Tech scored going up 22-21. and Wu came back with an overhead smash to keep the Engineers alive with a 23-21 third set win.

In the second singles, it was Tech’s Emily Ni winning the third set, 21-18, tying the championship match at two.

The second doubles decided the title with Seward Park’s Sidra Gui and Tina Wang going against Tech’s Annie Liu and Darlene Gunawan.

Liu and Gunawan won the first set, 21-16, while Gui and Wang took set two, 21-18, setting up the showdown for set three. Liu and Gunawan came back to win the third set of doubles, 21-19 — and the title for Brooklyn Tech.

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The Memorial Day Cricket Mayor’s Cup at Baisley Pond Cricket Field in Queens had two Brooklynites on the 23-person roster: FDR’s Faysal Ratal and Saad Sattar from Brooklyn Tech – both batsmen.

LIU’s baseball team (33-23) is set to play the University of North Carolina (42-13) in the Chapel Hill NCAA Regional, this afternoon (Friday, May 31st) at 6 p.m. (ESPN+).

The season for the Sharks was extended to post-season and tournament play after they scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to take down Sacred Heart, 11-6, to win the Northeast Conference Tournament, Sunday. The NEC title marks the second for the Sharks under coach Dan Pirillo, which is also the second since their inception into Division I in 2019. LIU most recently won the conference in 2022, advancing to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament where they competed against the University of Maryland and Wake Forest.

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LIU Sharks men’s golf star Lewis Wright was honored Saturday by the Golf Coaches Association of America, being named to the 2024 NCAA Division I PING All-Northeast Region Team.

Wright, a two-time NEC Golfer of the Month this season for matches played in September and October, was recognized by golfers across six regions and 83 schools.

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Ben Belfield, the reigning NEC coach of the year, and men’s golf head coach, has been named the director of golf and will oversee both the men’s and women’s golf programs at LIU.

During his five years at LIU, Belfield has led the Sharks to two team NEC Championships, one individual championship and two NCAA regional appearances.

In 2023, Belfield coached and guided freshman Marcelo Mexsen to the NEC Championship with four-under 74-71-67-212, matching the best three-round score in the conference tourney’s history and becoming the first freshman champion since 2018.

Mexsen capped off his record-breaking season as NEC Rookie of the Year, as well as earned second-team All-NEC honors.

Belfield also coached Kyle Underwood to first-team All-NEC honors and Lewis Wright to second-team All-NEC honors.

During the 2024 season, Belfield led the Sharks to first-place finishes at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate, Nassau Intercollegiate and Veteran Intercollegiate. The Sharks took second-place finishes in the Bucknell Invitational, Any Given Tuesday Intercollegiate, Shark Invitational and the NEC Championship.

Belfield guided Wright, the NEC co-golfer of the Month, to his first individual title of his career after the junior won the 108-golfer Bucknell Invitational in October with a seven-under-203 over three rounds. Additionally, Belfield coached Underwood and Mexsen to the 2023 PING All-Region Team, which recognizes the top collegiate golfers in the nation.

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Emma Mortl and Lisa Schrofl of the LIU women’s hockey team represented their home country of Austria during the 2024 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, Division I Group A bracket in Klagenfurt, Austria. Mortl and Schrofl, both LIU sophomores, led Team Austria to a fourth-place finish, concluding the tournament with a 3-2 record. Schrofl has appeared in 66 games in two seasons at LIU, while Mortl has appeared in 62 games for the Sharks.

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Like grandfather, like granddaughter. A proud grandpa, Lenny Hershkovitz, reports his granddaughter Ana (Hershkovitz) slammed a three-run home run, leading her Archbishop Molloy High School softball team to an 8-3 win over Xaverian High last week and the Brooklyn-Queens GCHSAA title.

The Stanners finished their season with a 20-4 record; senior Mary Lou Piazza was the winning pitcher, giving up six hits and three runs over seven innings and struck out four.

Jovanna Donaruma, a senior, and junior Marcella Polvere also drove in runs.

In addition to the Brooklyn-Queens title, Molloy defeated the former Massachusetts State Champs — Central Catholic High School, 9-3.

Lest we forget, grandpa Lenny is in the New Utrecht High School Football Hall of Fame.

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Brooklyn College hosted its 29th Awards Banquet in the school’s Maroon and Gold Rooms of the BC Student Center last Thursday evening.

The event honored Brooklyn’s student-athletes across 14 teams for the 2023-24 sports seasons. Most Outstanding Awards went to:

Women’s Soccer —Abigail Joseph
Women’s Basketball — Alina Estrella
Women’s Cross Country — Skyi Velasco
Women’s Tennis — Veronika Tsiko
Softball — Danielle Guzzardi
Women’s Swimming and Diving — Erin Forrest
Women’s Volleyball — Ashley Fung
Men’s Basketball — Malik Dale
Men’s Cross Country — Christian Montelibano
Men’s Soccer — George Koufos
Men’s Tennis — Ryan Sham
Men’s Volleyball — Aaron Siu
Men’s Swimming and Diving — Michael Kravets
Cheerleading — Cierra Bowles-Louis

In total, BC racked up 23 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) All-Stars. In addition, BC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Megan Campbell earned conference Coach of the Year honors.

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Five members of the Brooklyn College Tennis program were named Academic All-District announced by the College Sports Communicators (CSC) last week. Senior Veronika Tsiko earned the honor on the women’s side, while seniors Motti Klev, Aymen Kuc, Ryan Badre-Hume and sophomore Allen Mardakhayev, were selected for the men’s team.
The 2024 Academic All-District Women’s and Men’s Tennis Teams recognize the nation’s top student athletes for their combined performance on the court and in the classroom. Brooklyn College Women’s Tennis Academic All-District Selection:

Veronika Tiko — 3.90 GPA/Political Science

Brooklyn College Men’s Tennis Academic All-District Selections:

Mordecai Lev— 3.52 GPA/ Business Administration
Aymen Kuc — 3.85 GPA/Biology
Ryan Badre-Hume — 3.96 GPA/Psychology
Allen Mardakhayev —3.63 GPA/Business Administration

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] ; Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR

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