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Scholastic Roundup: Dolphins net city PSAL title in tennis

June 14, 2024 Andy Furman
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Brooklyn’s Leon Goldstein High School — the No. 1 seed — defeated High School of American Studies for the PSAL 1A Tennis championship at Lehman College, last week.

Bronx High School of Science, another No. 1 seed, topped three-seed Hunter College High School for the 2A title.

Vlajko Laic rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Adam Hammer, and Leonid Shynder won in singles, 6-3, 6-4 over Isaac Lipman for the Dolphins of Leon Goldstein.
Santiago Efron got American Studies on the board in third singles against Noah Calabrese with Efron on top, 6-0, 6-3.

The championship was decided with the doubles match, with the first pair of Gilad Robinson and Michael Tesis breaking serve in both the first and second sets for Leon Goldstein.

Adam Ripp and Ezra Dipietra took second doubles for American Studies. They defeated David Bazyan and Sandro Asatiani, but the Dolphins clinched the title with a 3-2 overall win over the Senators.

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Three New Utrecht High School baseball players were named to the 29-man Staten Island-Brooklyn-Manhattan roster of the 2024 Baseball Exceptional Senior Game – Dylan Honan, pitcher; Christopher Loreto, catcher, and outfielder Tyler Honan.
Other Brooklynites on the roster included: Sabastian Ortiz, pitcher, Fort Hamilton; Yojanas Steven Pena Castillo, pitcher, Sunset Park; Christian Diaz, catcher, Bushwick; Thomas Aflak, infielder, Fort Hamilton; and Kevin Cazales-Estrada, infielder, Grady.

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The South Shore High School girls’ 4x100m relay won the New York State Outdoor Track and Field Federation title at Cicero North High School, Syracuse, New York, Saturday.

The team of Athauna Williams, Skylar Skevelair, Rogeina Lysaith and Nyla Henderson’s winning time was 47.60.

Brooklyn Tech’s Elijah Gentry placed first in the 3000m Steeplechase; 9:09.58 – he took fourth in the 3,200m (9:03.17) and was a member of the 4x800m relay with Travis Wolfe-Thompson, Max Haidt and Amos Pres (8:00.79 for 7th place)

South Shore’s Tarike Lavine was second in the shot put (169-6); and Thomas Jefferson’s Lonnie Irving was a seventh-place finisher in the pentathlon (3,022 points).

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The top three teams during the regular season — Bathgate Educational Complex from The Bronx, Curtis of Staten Island and Brooklyn’s John Dewey — competed for the 2023-24 PSAL Double Dutch Championship at High School for Law Enforcement & Public Safety, in Queens, last week.

Bathgate won all three areas of the doubles competition — compulsory, speed and freestyle. It finished with a combined score of 676.66 to win the crown. Curtis finished second (615.33), while John Dewey was third (501.50).

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Columbia University’s Baker Athletic Complex was the site for the 2023-24 PSAL 3A Softball Championship, Sunday as No. 1 seed Tottenville from Staten Island took on No. 2 seed, The Scholars Academy of Far Rockaway.

The Seawolves from The Scholars Academy scored two runs in the top of the
seventh inning to defeat Tottenville and win the 3A title, 2-0. Tottenville’s Unique McMullen, pitching, limited the Seawolves to just three baserunners and no walks for the first six innings.

The game was a rematch of the title game from a year-ago — and The Scholars Academy got their revenge.

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The 2023-24 PSAL Co-Ed Golf Championship was held at Bally Golf Links in The Bronx, last week, with Tottenville facing off against Bronx High School of Science for the title.

The contest took place with five singles matches between the two schools and Tottenville proved themselves to be the best in the PSAL. The Pirates took the lead by winning the first hole in each of the five matches.

Andrew Biscocho, Jayden Guan, and Veronika Niklin would each win their first three holes. Leon Bui of Bronx Science, who birdied three of his first eight holes was able to take a lead over Tottenville’s Michael Hui, giving the Wolverines their first advantage of the day. Final score, 4-1 in favor of the Pirates.

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Jamaica High School in Queens was host for the 2023-24 PSAL Stunt Championships with the 1A title match featuring the hosts against American Sign Language and English, and following was the 2A championship with Stuyvesant taking on Brooklyn Tech.

The Peglegs of Stuyvesant took a 3-2 lead over the Tech Engineers after one period. Tech had a big second quarter — one focused on pyramids and tosses — as they won three of the four rounds in the quarter and tied the other to take a 6-4 lead at the half.
It was just three routines to determine a champion in the fourth quarter. Brooklyn Tech would call for the second routine of the final quarter — both teams were tied at 10 points. The Peglegs jumped into the lead to win the round and go up, 13-11. Stuyvesant took the title with a 16-12 final score.

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Michael Hipscher, who coached baseball at Brooklyn College — and now at 80 teaches a course at the school — chimes in after reading a tweet from Hall of Fame basketball writer Peter Vecsey on Roger Brown (Wingate), Connie Hawkins (Boys High) and Billy Cunningham, (Erasmus), last week.

“Yes, that was my era,” he says. “I was at Madison Square Garden for the Boys-Wingate championship, won by the Kangaroos from Boys with Connie Hawkins. And Roger Brown scored 38 points in that loss.”

Hipscher says that the former Erasmus hoop star Billy Cunningham was a first baseman on his Parade Grounds baseball team.

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Long Island University men’s ice hockey alumni Grayson Constable and Jordan Di Cicco both signed professional contracts with overseas teams for their respective 2024-25 seasons.

Constable, who finished his NCAA career with 23 goals, 21 assists, 44 points and 104 blocks, has joined Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, while Di Cicco has signed with HC Gherdeina of the Alps Hockey League that is prominent in Austria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia. This is Conmstable’s first professional hockey deal since graduating LIU.

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Di Cicco, who appeared in two games with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder in 2023-24 play, was a member of the inaugural LIU Sharks hockey class in 2020-21. The defenseman was an alternate captain the last two seasons and tallied 12 goals 25 assists, 37 points and 60 blocks in his college career.

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Vincent Camerada and Michael Gardener represented the St. Joseph’s University, Brooklyn baseball team on the 2024 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

In his first season on the team, Camerata batted .268 and posted a .381 on-base percentage. He placed in the top five on the team in hits (30), runs (16), and RBIs (14). He saw his first hit as a Bear in the season opener at New Jersey City and was instrumental in an 11-inning win over Mount Saint Mary’s, going three-for-five with an RBI and run scored.

Gardener started all but one of the 34 games he played this season. Totaling 117 at-bats, the infielder tops the team with 20 runs scored, ranks second with 18 RBIs, and is third with 31 hits. He had three-hit games against Juniata, Yeshiva and Baruch.

Academically, Camerata, a transfer sophomore, majors in recreation sports and park administration, while Gardener, a rising senior, is a business administration and accounting major. Gardener is also a two-time member of the Skyline Conference Academic Honor Roll and the Bears Scholar-Athlete Team.

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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