Tyree Bastidas and Hornets sweep past Bronx Science to capture PSAL title.
Tuesday, June 3rd 2008, 12:36 PM
"The kids that are better prepared mentally always have the better chance of winning," Rogers said.
Rogers' team had plenty of mental conditioning heading into the PSAL boys championship match at Grand Street Campus on Thursday. The third-seeded Hornets defeated No. 5 Bronx Science on Thursday, 4-0, to capture the championship, righting a wrong from a season ago in the process.
After an undefeated 2007 season, the Hornets were unable to overcome top-seeded Brooklyn Tech, the eventual champion, losing to the Engineers in the quarterfinals.
The experience made a lasting impact on Midwood entering this season.
"We had our eyes set on the final from day one," said Rogers, a physical education teacher at Midwood whose teams finished a combined 31-1 over the three seasons she has been coaching the boys. She previously coached the girls for one season, but this was her first handball championship.
The Hornets reached the final by getting through a tough match against No. 2 Bayside in Wednesday's semifinals. With the match tied, 2-2, Rogers handed the ball to her first doubles pair of Brendan Yuen and team captain James Liu, who won the contest, 21-3.
"We wanted it more," said Liu, a 16-year-old junior, after the decisive victory. "My partner and I knew that the whole match was riding on us, and we knew we couldn't come back without a win and that's what we did. We came out on fire with our first serve and when we got them, 12-0, we knew this was our game."
Photo by ICHA
From left: Runner-up A. Acosta and 19 boys singles champion T. Bastidas
From left: 17 boys singles champion Tyree Bastidas and runner-up Tony Choi.
Photo courtesy of ICHA
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MEET REACHES RECORD 160 PLAYER HIGH
The 16th annual High School Handball Spring Meet held Saturday April 19 and 20th in Central Park Manhattan.
Inner City Handball Association hosted this event which was co sponsored in part by the United States Handball Association in cooperation with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation this event. It attracted 160 teen players from 33 high schools.
World Champion 17 year old Sarah Au of Brooklyn Technical H.S. proved unstoppable in defending her 19 & Under Girls Singles title and in the 19 & Under Girls Doubles with Tech teammate Ana Ng.
Sandy Ng of Morrow H.S. slammed 17 & under Girls Singles and Doubles with partner Veronica Garyvenshenko of Midwood. Morrow H.S. does not have a handball team but Sandy an ICHA Teen Team member seems to be doing just fine with coaching everyone she encounters.
Other teen players to watch out for: Andrew Acosta of Grover Cleveland, Danielle Dasalakis , Shirley and Cheryl Chen of Midwood to name a few.
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Back row, third from right. Tyree Bastidas delivers for the last time another championship title to his Midwood High School.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rogers