January 23, 2013 | 550 views
Hockey trophy goes to Brooklyn Avenue
The highly coveted District 24 sixth-grade hockey tournament trophy has a new home as of last week after Brooklyn Avenue School earned the top prize in dominant fashion.
The Brooklyn Avenue School 1 team went undefeated in its five games during the six-team tournament that featured two squads from each of District 24’s three elementary schools in the William L. Buck School gymnasium on Jan. 15.
The team’s seven players, Lauribel Baez, Mike Martinez, Jenna Rafferty, Nicholas Strangis, John Cataldo, Anthony Carpico and Celeste Taylor, worked well together throughout the tournament and collectively outscored their opponents 16-3 in five games, including a 5-0 victory over William L. Buck 1 in the championship game.
Strangis and Carpico, both hockey players outside of Brooklyn Avenue, paced their squad all day, with dazzling goals left and right. “It feels great,” Strangis said of his team’s win. “Our team worked really hard and we had lots of practices.”
Each school held tryouts for its respective teams and then practiced in the ensuing weeks leading up to the tournament. Phys. ed. teacher and winning coach Andrew Lalama said his team had seven one-hour practices after a two-day tryout to determine players. Lalama added that after each practice, the Brooklyn Avenue students would run in order to get their cardiovascular systems prepared for the tournament.
“I knew we had a good group of kids coming in but they put in a lot of hard work,” he said. “I’m very happy for the kids. They played awesome.”
Brooklyn Avenue 1 kicked off the tournament with a hard fought win over William L. Buck 2, 4-2. Since the tournament was double-elimination — when a team loses twice it’s out — it made for an interesting bottom half of the bracket. Despite losing its first game, Buck 2 rallied to win its next two games before ultimately suffering its second defeat at the hands of Buck 1 in the finals of the one-loss side of the bracket.
Robert W. Carbonaro School was the two-time defending champion of the tournament, but both its teams got knocked out early. However, its players all had a good time running around with their friends.