Canarsie Lady Chiefs Hoops Split Games In Lab Museum Thanksgiving Tourney

By Jerry Del Priore


# 24 Junior center Chrishanta Hunt shoots one of two free throws in Friday’s game versus Medgar Evers College Preparatory, a 51-39 win at the Lab Museum Thanksgiving Tourney in Manhattan.

Canarsie head coach Keiya Smith isn’t exactly sure what type of basketball team she’ll have this year, given the fact she has a group comprised of mostly young players. While the regular season hasn’t tipped off yet, Smith is happy with the performance of the youthful Lady Chiefs at the Lab Museum Thanksgiving Tourney at Lab Museum United High School last weekend.

Canarsie split the two tilts in the competition, losing to St. Vincent Ferrer (Manhattan), 47-39, Saturday night, and beating Medgar Evers College Preparatory, 50-39, Friday in Manhattan.

In Saturday’s contest, sophomore Destenee Bailey led the Lady Chiefs with 12 points while junior center Chrishanta Hunt and sophomore forward Destiny Drummond contributed with nine and eight points, respectively, in the losing effort.

In Friday’s game, which they won, the Lady Chiefs jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 4:44 to go in the first quarter. The Lady Cougars cut the deficit to 12-6 with 1:29 remaining in the period, but Canarsie added five quick points to close out the quarter ahead, 17-6.

Both teams went back and forth to begin the second period until the Lady Chiefs pulled away, punctuated by a three-pointer from Bailey for a 25-15 advantage with .50 seconds left in the half.

Canarsie went into the locker room in front by a score of 25-17. But MECP slowly chipped away at the lead in the third period, narrowing the gap to 33-31 on a buzzer-beater to close out the third quarter.

The Lady Cougars tied the affair at 33-33, .15 seconds into the fourth period. But the Lady Chiefs retook the lead, 35-33, ten seconds later, only for MECP to knot the game again. However, Canarsie went on a 12-0 run to push the score to 47-35 with 2:31 remaining in the tilt.


Medgar Evers College Preparatory School Lady Cougar drives to hoop Friday night in game against Canarsie.

By then, the Lady Chiefs had done more than enough damage to secure the victory. 

Though Canarsie is on the short side of experience, and will be a work in progress as the season moves along, Smith feels the team will make waves in the Brooklyn A East II Conference, with the playoffs as a realistic possibility.

“We’re young, need a lot of work, but I think they’ll come around,” Smith said. “We’ll definitely going to contend in our conference, and we’re hopeful for the playoffs.”  

As far as scoring and play making goes, Smith said, “Bailey and Drummond, that’s going to be the difference, with Chrishanta Hunt, if she shows up every game, that will be the difference, too.”

But Smith believes senior Kemisha Frederick will be the team’s X Factor, providing the experience the Lady Chiefs will need during crunch time because she’s battle-tested.

“She’s our glue, because she has experience,” the longtime coach said. “She knows what it feels like to win, she knows what it feels like to go through those loses. She’s been here for a while.”

Drummond led the charge for Canarsie with 21 points, with Bailey and Hunt adding 16 and seven in the victory.

The Lady Chiefs begin the regular PSAL campaign on Tuesday, December 6th at 4:30 p.m. against host Wingate Educational Campus. 


Week 2 Local Southeast Brooklyn PSAL Football Playoff Round-Up

By Jerry Del Priore


PSAL Football Hits Week 2 of Playoffs.

The second round of the playoffs saw area teams experience brutal losses by enormous margins, ending their seasons in hard-to-watch fashion Sunday in the Bowl Division quarterfinals.

Nonetheless, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex all enjoyed solid campaigns and can hopefully build on their success for next year.

Here is the breakdown of the games:

Lehman – 51, Thomas Jefferson – 0 (Bowl Conference)

Thomas Jefferson’s productive season came to a screeching halt Sunday as the No. 3 Lions pummeled them, 51-0, in the quarterfinals at Evander Childs High School Field in the Bronx.

The eighth-seeded Orange Wave (6-5) quickly fell behind 16-0 in the first quarter, and the Lions (9-1) poured it on in the second period, scoring an additional 14 points to take a commanding 30-0 going into the locker rooms.

Lehman continued its assault on Thomas Jefferson with three more touchdowns in the second half to complete the beat down.

Trumann – 40, Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex (Sheepshead Bay) – 12 (Bowl Conference)

Top-seeded Truman (9-1) trampled the seventh-ranked Sharks (6-5), 40-12, Sunday in the quarterfinals in the Bronx.

McKee/Staten Island Tech – 50, James  Madison (Bowl Conference)

The tenth-seeded Golden Knights didn’t fare any better in their game versus No. 2 MSIT (9-1), as they suffered a 44-point rout at the hands of the Seagulls Sunday in the quarterfinals on Staten Island.

Madison (6-5) fell in a deep hole after trailing, 28-6, in the first period. The Golden Knights never recovered from the 22-point deficit, as MSIT’s potent ground attack amassed 417 yards and five scores in the tilt.

Senior running back Trance Ravenell ran for a game-high 179 yards for the Seagulls.

Junior running back Jatelle Wilcher was the lone bright spot for Madison as he rushed for 118 yards on 14 touches with a touchdown, a 74-yard touchdown run.

Week One PSAL Local Southeast Brooklyn Football Playoff Round-Up

By Jerry Del Priore


PSAL Football Hits the First Round of Playoffs.

Underdogs prevailed in the first round of Bowl Conference postseason play Sunday.

With the third-ranked South Shore Vikings earning a bye in the first round of the City Division playoffs, the attention turned to the local teams in the lower division for the action. And the games didn’t disappoint the fans in attendance one bit, as both teams played tightly contested contests, with the lower seeds coming out on top in the end.

Here are how the area squads fared:

Madison – 18, Eagle II Academy –14 (Bowl Conference)

In what many PSAL football insiders considered an upset, tenth-seeded James Madison edged No. 7 Eagle II Academy (6-4), 18-14, at Boy & Girls High School Field.

Junior quarterback Alan Zhenilenko connected on three of five attempts for 39 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Jatelle Wicher rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown while senior William Harris returned a kickoff to the house accounting for one of three scores for the Golden Knights.

On defense, senior Greg Jean-Poix and junior Cnique King registered 11 tackles apiece, with Jean-Poix picking up a sack in the Madison (6-4) victory. Junior Dujour Deshong contributed with 10 stops of his own.

The Golden Knights visit Staten Island Sunday at 12 p.m. to play No. 2 McKee/Staten Island Tech in the quarterfinals.

Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex (Sheepshead Bay) – 14, Tilden – 6

The seventh-seeded visiting Sharks defeated sixth-seeded Tilden, 14-6, in the other narrow contest.

FJM (6-4) shut down the Blue Devils’ passing game, allowing a measly 13 yards in the air.

Tilden (7-3) senior running back/quarterback Jordan Woodward was responsible for his squad’s lone score, a 29-yard rushing touchdown.

The Sharks will travel to the Bronx to square off against top-seeded Truman Sunday at noon in the quarterfinals.

Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave Crushes George Washington, 36-0, in First Round of Football Playoffs


Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave receiver runs out for play in 36-0 win over George Washington in first round of Bowl Conference playoffs.

Thomas Jefferson was determined to put forth its best possible showing in its first playoff football game in the Bowl Conference after playing in the PSAL’s City Division for several years prior. A win would set the program in the right direction.

Consider it done as the eight-seeded Orange Wave dismantled No. 9 George Washington, 36-0, Sunday afternoon at home.

Head coach Michael Saunds gave the utmost credit to his defense and its coaches while saying the Orange Wave stuck to its bread and butter potent ground attack, helping the program achieve something significant for the first time in six years.

“First off, the defense played outstanding. Our defensive coaches do a hell of job on that side of the ball. They put in a great game plan (today),” Saunders explained.  “Offensively, we just wanted to stay true to who we were; run the ball. They showed up today, and I told the team it was the first time since 2010 we had a home playoff win. It was big for the program going forward.”

Thomas Jefferson (5-4) raced out to 14-0 advantage in the first quarter, establishing early dominance. Senior quarterback Olatundo J. Bruin completed a 26-yard touchdown pass and the successful two-point conversion run swelled the Orange Wave lead to 22-0 with 0.23 seconds left in the first half.

Thomas Jefferson head coach Michael Saunds all smiles in the first half as his team is off to solid start.

 A Trojan (6-3) bad snap on a punt gave Thomas Jefferson great field possession at the opposition’s 19-yard line. senior running back Dwight Adams didn’t waste time as he bolted for a TD on the ensuing play to increase its lead to 28-0 with 7:55 to go in the third quarter.

 The Orange Wave added another score and a two-point conversion in the fourth period to put the game way out of reach.

Bruin completed nine of 14 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Zabian Morton rushed for a game-high 114 yards with a TD. Junior Randall Mathis Jr. found the end zone twice and Adams (62 yards) once.

Thomas Jefferson travels to the Bronx Sunday at noon to face No. 3 Lehman in the quarterfinals at Evander Childs HS field.

Week 9 PSAL Local Southeast Brooklyn Football Round-up


PSAL Football Hits Week 6.

PSAL football entered its final week of the regular season, with local teams facing each other in two of the three games played.

There were heavy playoff implications at stake, and here’s how the area squads fared:

Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex – 12, Tilden – 6 (Bowl Conference)

Tilden senior signal caller Nimar Roach passed for 63 yards on four of 15 attempts with a touchdown.

The Blue Devils (7-2) are seeded sixth with 531 power points, while the Sharks are the eleventh seed with 419 points.

Tilden will get an opportunity to exact a measure of revenge as they face the same team Sunday at home in the first round of the playoffs.

vikingsSouth Shore – 24, Midwood – 20 (City Conference)

Down by a score of 20-16, the Vikings (7-2) used another come-from-behind effort in the fourth quarter to edge Midwood Friday night at Aviator Sports Complex.

Senior quarterback Jason Martin had a mixed game. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 154 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns, but he committed three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble).

The Vikings (7-2) finished with the third seed with 1275 power points. South Shore will get a bye in the first round.

Thomas Jefferson – 18, James Madison – 14 (Bowl Conference)

Thomas Jefferson (5-4) improved its playoff positioning by outlasting the Golden Knights Sunday at home. Two missed two-point conversions proved to be the difference in the contest.

Thomas Jefferson senior running back Dwight Adams bolted for a game-high 97 yards on 12 touches with a touchdown.

Madison’s Jatelle Wilcher bolted for 73 yards and a score while Elijah Jean Pierre contributed a touchdown of his own on defeat.

The Orange Wave is ranked eighth with 475 power points. Thomas Jefferson will host No. 9 George Washington Sunday at noon.

James Madison (5-4) sits in the tenth spot with 425 power points. The Golden Knights will square off against No. 7 Eagle Academy For Young Men II Sunday at 12 p.m. at Boys and Girls High School Field.

Chiefs’ Late-Game Dramatics Propel Team To Overtime Win Over Brooklyn Tech

By Jerry Del Priore


Canarsie player fights off block from Engineer.

No one would blame the Canarsie Chiefs for celebrating as if they won the Super Bowl after beating Brooklyn Tech, 23-22, on an extra point kick, in overtime, sealing a thrilling comeback win Saturday at home in a City Division affair.

After all, it has been a tough season for the young, inexperienced Chiefs, and head coach Kyle Allen said this type of victory was a sign of mental growth for the program.

“We’re still growing, we’re still maturing, and I think this was a growing up game,” an elated Allen said. “But people stepped up in big situations, and lo and behold, we won the game on a kick at the end. When does that happen around here? This just made this team grow up.”

Canarsie (2-6) had to battle adversity all game, including numerous penalties and a key injury to star running back Johnny Watson. But it went away when junior quarterback Eric Anderson connected with sophomore Adisa Isaac on a 17-yard touchdown completion to tie the score at 22 in overtime.

Allen sang the praises of Anderson, Isaac and senior Tyleek Lowe for their clutch performances.

“When Johnny got hurt, Tyleek stepped up big,” he said. “Adisa made a big, big play when we needed him to, and Eric Anderson played his behind off. I’m so proud of them.”

Expecting the ball, Isaac mentally readied himself for a trip to the end zone, twisting his ankle after the score.

“I knew I was going to get the ball before the play started, so I just prepared myself,” Isaac said. “I couldn’t let my team down, so I had to make sure I got that touchdown.”

Penalties plagued the Chiefs all game long, including an 80-yard touchdown reception by Watson, which was called back on their first offense play of the tilt. The flags didn’t cease from there; every big play seemed to be negated by a penalty, according to Allen.


Canarsie Chiefs Head Coach Kyle Allen gathers troops for strategy talk during a break in the action in their 23-22 OT win over Brooklyn Teach at home.

However, Canarsie found a way to triumph in the end.

“Even though we got jerked a few times,” the fifth-year coach said, “we just fought through it.”

The Engineers (2-6) drew first blood on a three-yard rushing score, followed by a successful two-point conversion pass with 0:45 seconds left in the first half for an 8-0 lead.

Running back Lowe put Canarsie on the scoreboard on a short running touchdown, and Anderson knotted the game at 8-8 on the ensuing 2-point conversion rush with 1:50 remaining in the third period.

Brooklyn Tech, however, surged ahead again with a running touchdown and two-point pass play for 16-8 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs refused to back down, though. With Watson on the sidelines with a leg injury, they marched down the gridiron and eliminated the deficit at 16-16 on another Lowe score and a 2-point conversion with a little over two minutes left in the affair.

The game wouldn’t go without a measure of controversy. The Engineers moved the ball down field, near the goal line, and seemingly scored to put the tilt away. But Allen repeatedly called timeout before the snap without being granted one. Admitting the mistake, the referees negated the touchdown and replayed the down.

Up to the challenge, the Chiefs’ defense stuffed the run on the final play of regulation, forcing overtime.

Brooklyn Tech scored on its first possession, but missed the 2-point conversion. Refusing to let the game get away, Canarsie came through when it mattered most, igniting joyous pandemonium on its own home turf.

A big reason for the win was Anderson, who said his confidence was low at times during the season. But his performance and the victory will do a world of good for his self-assurance going forward.

“Today was a game I built my confidence back up,” said Anderson, who completed five of 19 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. “I’m ready to keep going and carry the team.”

Lowe ran for a season-high 120 yards on nine touches with a score and had a touchdown reception as well. Isaac led the Chiefs’ defense with eight tackles (two for a loss) and a sack.

Canarsie concludes the regular season Saturday at noon at Old Boys & Girls High School Field.

Week 8 PSAL Local Football Round-Up

By Jerry Del Priore

It was a successful week for area PSAL football squads as all three came away victorious. One team edged out the competition while the other two won via blowouts while the regular season nears its end.

Here’s how the local clubs fared:

South Shore HS – 14, Dewitt Clinton – 06 (City Conference)

vikingsIt was one more tight game for the Vikings, and they pulled out yet another tilt, edging the Governors, 14-06, Saturday in the Bronx.

South Shore senior signal caller Jason Martin threw for 115 yards on 6 for 16 passing with a touchdown connection to junior receiver Sidney Jackson. Martin also rushed for 137 yards on 18 carries for the Vikings (6-2).

But it was South Shore’s defense that proved to be the difference maker, only allowing six points and 168 yards of offense to Clinton (3-5).

Jackson picked up another touchdown, this time on a pick-six on defense, to go along with six tackles. Juniors Adrian Jobity and Tyquan Williams registered eight tackles each while Jobity recovered a fumble. Senior Giovanni Denard has seven stops, three for a loss, and recovered a muff as well.

The Vikings are in third place with 870 power points.

James Madison – 38, Jamaica – 12 (Bowl Conference)

The Golden Knights (5-3) used an impressive offensive performance – 122 passing yards and 300 on the ground – to crush Jamaica (3-5), 38-12, Saturday at home.

Senior Elijah Jean Pierre ran for a team-high 117 yards with a score while junior Matthew Melbourne chipped in with 111.

Quarterbacks Zachary James (81) and Alan Zhenilenko (41) tossed a touchdown pass apiece. Senior Jonathan Paul and James each had a TD reception.

On defense, James and junior Dujour Deshong each had 10 tackles, with James picking up a sack. Pierre made nine stops and Paul had eight and a sack.

Senior Bulldog quarterback Malik Lawrie threw for a game-leading 168 yards on 8-14 passing with two scores.

James Madison currently sits in ninth place with 313 power points

Tilden – 30, Grady – 8 (Bowl Conference)

The Blue Devils (7-1) took care of business Saturday afternoon, crushing Grady (1-7) by 22 points on the road. It was Tilden’s sixth straight win.

The Blue Devils’ rushing attack accounted for 254 yards and three touchdowns, with senior Nimar Roach rolling for a club-high 97 yards and a score.

Junior Falcon running back Kellel Felisme bolted for a game-leading 122 yards on 10 touches.

Tilden is presently ranked sixth with 450 power points.