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Scholastic Roundup: It’s time for Brooklyn stars to shine

July 5, 2024 Andy Furman
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High school baseball and softball seasons may have crowned their champions, but now it’s time to congratulate the Catholic High Schol Athletic Association (CHSAA) Brooklyn all-stars:


Xaverian High School: Joe Chelales, senior, first base; .400 batting average, 30 hits, 14 runs, 24 RBIs, CHSAA “AA” All-League, team MVP.
Thomas Vega: senior, pitcher; 0.08 ERA, 50.1 innings, 57 strikeouts, Pitcher of Year team Award.
Pat Hassel: junior, third base; ,352 batting average, 32 hits, 24 runs, 14 stolen bases, CHSAA “AA” All-League, Team Top Hitter Award.
Henry Magel: senior, catcher; .344 batting average, 22 hits, 17 runs scored, 12 stolen bases.

Baseball “A” Division:

Bishop Loughlin High School: Justin Marte, junior, pitcher;.333 batting average, 8-1, 30 strikeouts.
Cristo Rey High School: Jeremiah McKenzie, senior, pitcher/shortstop; team captain, 468 batting average, heading to the College of Mount St. Vincent.
St. Edmund Prep: Kevin Kocher, senior, outfielder; .410 batting average, six doubles, team Most Improved Player Award.
Evan Hernandez: senior, outfielder; team captain, .500 batting average, five doubles, Team Coaches’ Award.


Fontbonne Hall Academy: Laura Meoli, senior, pitcher; .420 batting average, 10 RBIs, three triples, headed to Case Western Reserve University.
Haley Ballard: senior, shortstop; .450 batting average, 20 hits, 15 RBIs, CHSAA Tier 1 All-League.
Josie Lamattina: senior, second base; .410 batting average, 12 RBIs.
Katelyn Kmiotek: sophomore, third base; .420 batting average, two home runs, 17 RBIs.
Sofia Mauro: freshman, catcher; .530 batting average, 11 RBIs.
Rebecca Dileo: junior, pitcher/first base; .350 batting average, 10 RBIs.
Kylie Mendez, junior, centerfielder; .410 batting average, eight RBIs.
Kristin Russo: senior, first base; .530 batting average, seven RBIs.

Xaverian High School Softball:

Ashley Dalo: senior, pitcher; team captain, .429 batting average, 26 RBIs, 17-3, 1.39 ERA, 198 strikeouts, CHSAA Tier 1 All-League, team co-MVP, headed to Assumption University.
Melanie Snyder: senior, catcher/shortstop; team captain, .377 batting average, 34 RBIs, seven home runs, CHSAA Tier 1 All-League, team co-MVP 2022 and 2023.
Sienna Bocchino: sophomore, outfielder; .573 batting average, 15 RBIs, 22 stolen bases, 39 runs, team Offensive Player of the Year.
Caitlin Carbone: senior, third base; .328 batting average, 18 RBIs, team Student-Athlete Award

Tier 3, St. Edmund Prep softball:

Matilda Puckhaber: freshman, pitcher; 23 runs, 145 strikeouts, CHSAA Tier 3 All-League.
Brooke Knight: junior, catcher; .600 batting average, CHSAA Tier 3 Al-League.
Cadence Coffey: senior, third base; .444 batting average, CHSASA Tier 3 All-League.

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Softball:

Alexandra Diaz: senior, shortstop; team captain, .441 batting average, CHSAA Tier 3 All-League, headed to the College of Staten Island.
Isabella Duverge: sophomore, middle infielder; .674 batting average, six home runs, 25 RBIs, team Offensive Player of the Year.
Hannah Morales: freshman, catcher; .414 batting average, four home runs, CHSAA Tier 3 All-League, Rookie of the Year winner.
Isidora Fuentes: sophomore, pitcher/second base; 11-3, 65 strikeouts, won team Coaches’ Award.
Gabriella Ruiz: sophomore, first base/utility; .600 batting average, three home runs, 25 RBIs, team Defensive Player of the Year.

Nazareth High School Softball:

Gabriella Baptize: senior, pitcher; 8-2, 46 strikeouts, team MVP.
Elyssa Leon: junior, catcher; two home runs, six doubles, 10 hits, 31 RBIs, threw out 32 baserunners, CHSAA Tier 3 All-League, team Offensive Player of the Year
St. Saviour High School.
Brianna Duffy: junior, shortstop; eight home runs, CHSAA Tier 3 All-League.

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It was No. 1-ranked Richmond Hill High School squaring off against No. 2-ranked Thomas Edison High at the famous Baisley Cricket Oval in Queens last week for the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) cricket championship.
Richmond Hill won their second, back-to-back city championship, and the Hill’s Karan Budhu was the pick of the bowlers after returning figures of 4-18. Richmond Hill scored 111/5 after 20 overs and Thomas Edison scored 97 all out after 19.5 overs with Richmond Hill winning by 14 runs.

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Benjamin Cardozo High School’s Vincent Chang — just a sophomore — was top seed in this year’s PSAL Boys’ Individual Team Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, last month.

Chang was a perfect 8-0 during the regular season. In individuals. he rolled into the championship match with victories in the quarterfinals over Pablo Gonzalez of Christopher Columbus High School and then against Nathan Yuen of Francis Lewis High in the semifinals.

Chang’s opponent in the boys’ singles individual championship was Colin Hui. a senior from Bronx Science High School. He captained the Wolverines, who made it to the team championships this season — and faced a pair of Brooklyn Tech stars in Ivan Young and Itsuki Kuramoto to make it to the final.

Chang would jump out to an 8-0 lead in the best of 10 pro-set final before Hui got himself on the board with a service game hold. He would not be denied as he closed out the match winning the final two games, and the title and best singles player in the PSAL, with a 10-1 victory.

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In the PSAL doubles, Lukasz Ros Sochacki and Samuel Ginsberg of Brooklyn Tech defeated Joel Tapia and Oscar Madejski from Grover Cleveland High School in one semifinal, while the other semi would see Alex Pierides and Josiah Tsang defeat Prarabdha Shakya and Rohan Shoti of Newtown.

Ros Sochacki and Ginsberg went 10-0 during the regular season, while Pierides and Tsang were not a team during the season. Tsang went 9-1 in doubles. and Pierides was 7-3 in singles.

In the end, it was the duo from Brooklyn Tech prevailing, 10-8, to claim the 2023-24 PSAL individual doubles championship.

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More on Barry Goldsmith, who was featured last week in the Eagle. “He is one of the most giving individuals there is,” says former New York Knicks trainer Mike Saunders, a Newtown High School grad. “He is so generous with his time and knowledge; whether a novice or pro, Barry is quick to offer advice or acknowledgement. Coaching is in his blood.”

So are praises. Goldsmith says he forgot to thank one of his mentors last week —Mike Tohn, a coach at James Madison High School.

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Archbishop Molloy’s Ava Herskovitz, a senior first baseman and team captain who batted .540 with four home runs, 34 RBIs and 34 hits, was selected to the CHSAA Tier 1 All-League team last week. And that made grandpa Lenny quite happy. In fact, Lenny adds that Ava, who will attend Adelphi University in the fall, has been selected to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) High School Region 9, Second Team as a first baseman.

Lenny is a New Utrecht High School football Hall of Famer.

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Former Forest Hills High School basketball coach Irwin Isser chimes in about Connie Simmons. Last week, Max Preps listed Simmons as a Flushing High School basketball player — he led the Baltimore Bullets in scoring — but Isser added: “Connie played and graduated from Forest Hills. He did play for Flushing, but transferred to Forest Hills. He played for my high school coach, Ed Conlan. My senior year, I started in the backcourt with Jay Warhaftig —All-City in 1963 — and forward Steve Chubin — All City 1961.
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Finally, some recognition for Mike Senior, the man who teaches and coaches basketball to the youth of Brooklyn. Gov. Kathy Hochul proclaimed June 29 Mike Senior Day in Brooklyn.

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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