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Tennis Aces Aviators to Clinch Finals Berth

October 24, 2019
G Tennis 2019

Bennett in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the girls’ tennis team took another step forward in the defense of their 2018 PSAA crown with a 4-1 semifinal win over Avenues on the home hard courts.

Carina Cristobal (6-1, 6-0) and Marta Bennett (7-5, 6-1) earned singles wins while the doubles tandems of Alanna Wu and Isabel Guo (2-6, 6-4, 10-4) and Wonder Wei and Mary Wang (7-6, 6-4) took care of business to earn a hard-fought victory over their Manhattan rivals to earn a return trip to the PSAA Championship.

They will face the winner of the second semifinal between #1 Staten Island Academy and #2 Portledge on Monday at Cantiague Park.

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Volleyball Sweeps Evangel for 4th Straight Finals Berth

October 23, 2019
Volleyball 2019

McCormick in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon, the volleyball team swept Evangel Christian, 3-0, in the PSAA semifinals to claim a place in a championship match for the fourth consecutive season.

The Bears took all the drama out of the semifinal by overpowering the Eagles from the beginning. The Bears held a commanding 23-15 lead in game one when Ava McCormick notched a kill to put the Brook up 24-15 on their way to the 25-17 opening win.

In game two, the Brook raced out to a 7-2 lead behind 3 kills from Bekah Detwiler and one from McCormick. The Eagles pulled back within 10-8, but a Niamh Scanlon ace ushered in a 15-3 run to close the second game. An Elizabeth Robbins kill pushed the lead to 12-9 before a rocket off the hand of Shannuel Lamptey ignited the crowd. Kills from McCormick and Detwiler followed and Leslie Kang notched consecutive aces as the lead swelled to 17-10. A third Kang ace was sandwiched between a Detwiler spike and touch kill as the advantage grew to 21-10. A pair of Natalie Stefaniuk aces capped the 25-11 win.

Game three was close in the early moments as Evangel showed their character by shrugging off their deficit to take a 10-7, prompting a timeout from coach Stan Winston. It proved to be just the reorientation the girls needed as they stormed back to take a lead they would not relinquish. Consecutive kills from Lamptey knotted the game at 11-11 before McCormick gave the Bears the lead back for good with a kill of her own. Consecutive kills from McCormick and Detwiler pushed the edge to 18-12 and another Kang ace moved it to 20-12. Three more kills from Detwiler gave the Brook a 23-16 lead and then the senior captain ended the Eagles’ season with an ace for the 25-17 win.

Detwiler finished with 16 kills and 3 aces while Lamptey and McCormick added 8 kills each. Robbins notched 51 digs and 4 kills and Stefaniuk fed the offense with 24 assists. Kang’s serve was on today as she recorded 5 aces.

The Bears move on to tomorrow’s PSAA Championship where they face the west’s #1 seeded Heschel in a 4:30 match-up at Long Island Lutheran.

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Corcoran Flies at Brown Invite

October 22, 2019
B XC 2019

Corcoran in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday morning, Riley Corcoran returned to the Brown Northeast Invitational held at Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI. The senior took 13th place in the Division I Varsity race’s field of 180 in a career-best time of 16:10. The mark also placed him 20 seconds below MileSplit’s U.S. Silver Standard of 16:30 for 5000 meters.

He slashed over a minute off his time in the same race a year ago when he ran 17:27 to claim 47th place. Corcoran rejoins his Blue & White teammates on Monday in the PSAA Championship at Van Cortlandt Park as the Bears look to repeat as League Champions. 

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XC Teams Dominate Home Meet

October 20, 2019

 

On Friday, during a crisp 59-degree afternoon, the cross country teams capped their regular seasons with sweeps in their respective PSAA meets, held on the S. T. Hsaio 2.5-mile home course.

Sarah Wong maintained her undefeated record in PSAA competiton, leading wire to wire to win in 16:34. Evelyn Apazidis took second place in 17:39 before a Kew-Forest runner took 3rd overall in 17:57. The next five finishers were Bears as Yasmin Tinaz (4th/18:13), Maryana Lekanova (5th/18:22), and Judy Tao (18:50) scored for the Bears. Kew-Forest did not factor into the team scoring without the requisite five runners, so the Bears earned the sweep by compiling just 15 points to dispatch Waldorf (48) and Portledge (57).

The boys also swept aside their competition as they took the first eight spots in the race. Riley Corcoran also remained undefeated in PSAA meets for his career, running by himself from the gun to take the victory in 13:12. Zack Xu (2nd/13:58), Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (3rd/14:45), Jerry Wan (4th/15:16), and Pedro Gradvohl (5th/15:19) scored for the Bears as they swept Portledge (48) and Knox (57).

Both teams are back in action on October 28th in the PSAA Championship, held at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

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Logan’s Late Score Clips Waldorf in Finale

October 19, 2019
G Soccer 2019

Logan in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The girls’ soccer team weathered quite a difficult season. Just a year removed from a berth in the PSAA Championship, the Bears battled numerous injuries that often left them short-handed. But yesterday evening, they closed the season with a gratifying 2-1 win over Waldorf thanks to some late-game heroics.

In their previous match-up with the Wolverines, the Bears had been shut out, 3-0, but last night they opened the scoring when Madison Logan found the net at the 20:43 mark. They held that lead until just 2:22 remained in the half when a defensive miscue led to a Waldorf equalizer as the squads headed into the half knotted at 1-1.

The second half was tightly contested and the Bears had several chances, but could not tuck away the winner until Logan struck again with just 4:06 remaining on a beautiful hit from just inside the 18-yard box. Sophia DiLavore’s key save with 18 minutes left preserved the tie and paved the way for Logan’s winner.

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Swimmers Leave Cougars in Wake

October 19, 2019
G Swim 2019

Vincent in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Thursday afternoon the girls’ swim team topped St. John the Baptist, 54-33, on Senior Day in the Swanson Natatorium.

Rebecca Crane won two races in her last home meet, taking first in the 100 freestyle (56.68) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.69). Ruthie Crane was also a double-winner for the Brook, showing her versatility in the 50 freestyle (26.76) and 500 freestyle (5:44.15). Amelia Griffin was the Bears’ other individual winner, cruising in the 200 freestyle in 2:23.35.

The Bears also took all three relays. Griffin, Jana Grenz, Kate Von Savage, and Anya Caraiani partnered to win the 200 medley in 2:00.20; Sarah Vincent, Caraiani, Von Savage, and Grenz won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.00; and Ruthie Crane, Griffin, Sofia Arrascue, and Rebecca Crane joined forces to take the 400 freestyle in 4:01.91.

The Bears are back in action on Friday in a match-up at West Islip.

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Bears Blow Past Portledge and into Semis

October 18, 2019
B Soccer 2019

Blunt in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The conditions were ideal for an upset.

Volatile wind gusts and cold temperatures threatened to level the playing field against a #5 Portledge team the Bears had twice beaten this season by scores of 4-0 and 3-0. But the Bears showed their championship mettle by rising above the blustery weather and taking another step forward in the defense of their crown.

The first half was tightly fought as both teams tried in vain to find a rhythm amid the winds lashing Fitch Field and bending the corner flags. The game appeared to be headed for a 0-0 score at the half, when Owen Sobel, as he has so many times before, came through for the Brook by beating his defender and tucking it past the keeper from a shallow angle.

The Bears carried their narrow lead into the second half, but saw it extinguished just six minutes in on a breakaway goal. It was the first goal the Blue and White yielded to Portledge in five matches since joining the PSAA a year ago. The 1-1 tie felt especially tenuous in to the unpredictable elements, which made Ian Blunt’s answer 90 seconds later so big. The senior took a pass to space, carried it into the box, and sent a shot over the keeper and in to vault the Brook back into the lead. Blunt found the net again, and finally gave the Bears some breathing room, when he blasted home a gorgeous volley at the 19:34 mark for a 3-1 lead. With 10:37 left Ryahn Khan (3 saves) wiped away the Panthers’ last meaningful opportunity with a stout save and Lee Maeba capped the scoring with 1:14 remaining as the Bears pulled out the 4-1 win.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday as they host a PSAA semifinal match against the winner of #2 Avenues and #3 Knox.

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