Monday, March 10, 2014

Bronx News ( Crash & Burn

Bronx News ( Crash & Burn: Crash & Burn Car Smashes into Parkchester Store Fire Destroys Leland Home (Photos by David Greene) By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, M...

Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn
Car Smashes into Parkchester Store
Fire Destroys Leland Home
(Photos by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- A crazy lunch hour in Parkchester began with a car plowing through a storefront window and ended with the destruction of a 2-family home just four-blocks away. 

The quiet morning was shattered by screams and broken glass as fire officials from FDNY's Division Six were called at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10 to the C & C Market Research company at 1454 East Avenue after witnesses stated the driver mistakenly hit the gas instead of the break. 

EMS reports eight people were injured and transported to Jacobi Hospital. At press time five of those injuries were listed as serious and three people were being treated for minor cuts and bruises. The unidentified driver was detained, but it is not yet known if any charges would be filed. 

At about the same time additional units were called to a fast-moving house fire at 1443 Leland Avenue. FDNY sources say one civilian and four firefighters suffered minor injuries. The home suffered extensive damage and several families are now displaced. Investigators have deemed the fire suspicious and an investigation is now under way to determine the cause.   

Bronx News ( Home is sweet for Monroe

Bronx News ( Home is sweet for Monroe: Home is sweet for Monroe Mustangs make the most as Nationals host By Gary Axelbank BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- The Monroe Mustangs men&#39...

Home is sweet for Monroe

Home is sweet for Monroe
Mustangs make the most as Nationals host

By Gary Axelbank

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- The Monroe Mustangs men's and women's teams were at the forefront of history as they hosted the 2014 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in Manhattan this past weekend. It was the first time the NJCAA has held the track and field championships not only in the city, but on the east coast.  

Though many of the more than 600 athletes from 74 teams representing 14 states said they had never competed in the world's most famous indoor track facility, much less visited NY, there were comfortable smiles on the faces of Mustangs athletes as they entered the very-familiar Armory on Friday.

"This is our home, this is where we practice every day," said assistant coach Shirvon Greene. "We are proud hosts and came ready to do our best."

Numerous Mustangs achieved All-American status and one of Monroe's best performances came right away. The meet touched off with the distance medley relay on Friday afternoon and the Monroe men (Ronaldo Ball, Walter Penate,Alexshandro Rodriguez, and Katleho Dyoyi) set a school record, finishing third in a time of 10:08:17.

On Saturday South African freshman Sabelo Ndlovu finished third in the triple jump, launching 15.29m (50.02'). 

Also, the women's 4x400 team of Shanice Cameron, Ashley Mandat, Sarah Atcho and Jessica Barrera turned in another of the Monroe inspirational performances of the weekend, finishing sixth.  Their 3:51:61 set a new Monroe school record. 

"This was a full weekend of Mustang pride," said head coach Mark Goodman. "It was kind of amazing to bring an event of this magnitude to New York. But I have to give our athletes credit. Despite the potential for distraction, for the large part, they stayed focused and performed well. This was a wonderful weekend for the college and for all the coaches and athletes who came to New York City to compete."

In the much anticipated men's 1000m, the so-called 'Legion of Doom' (so-named by Coach Greene) featuring top ranked Ronaldo Ball and Dyoyi, the Monroe duo ran neck-and-neck finishing fourth (Ball – 2:27:92) and fifth (Dyoyi – 2:27:98).  Remarkably only .06 of a second separated the two Mustangs.  

Dyoyi also ran the mile finishing seventh overall with a time of 4:15:72.

Monroe's Christopher Belcher placed eighth in the 200m dash, breaking the school record in the prelims with his 21.42. In the men's 600m Joel Johnson finished sixth with school record time of 1:21.01.

Teammate Tresean Goodwin took sixth-place in the 400m, running in 48.76. 

The men's 4x800m Relay consisting of Alexshandro RodriguezLashley Winter, Shea Coltrain and Javaun Grant placed fifth with a time of 7:54:75 which is a new school record.  

In the women's 200m, Monroe's Sarah Atcho ran a wonderful 24:39, good for second place in Friday's prelims. In the finals on Saturday, she was a notch better, running a new school record in 24:30, which was good for fourth place. 

Another piece of Monroe history was set at this year's Nationals as freshman Rashema Briscoe became Monroe's first-ever pentathalete.  She placed 10th.

Also, Damon Daniels ran his first ever 600m in 1:21.45 and finished tenth and Rashad Ramsey also ran a personal best (1.22.02).

In the women's 400m run, Jessica Barrera finished ninth overall in her fastest time of the season, 57.67

"We knew that it would be a really special thing to have all the teams from around the country come to New York City," said Coach Goodman, "and the people here will have a very wonderful perspective of what the college is about and what we do here."

Bronx News ( Monroe plays 'D' for District title

Bronx News ( Monroe plays 'D' for District title: Monroe plays 'D' for District title Mustangs nab eleventh straight nationals berth By Gary Axelbank BRONX, NEW YORK, ...

Monroe plays 'D' for District title

Monroe plays 'D' for District title
Mustangs nab eleventh straight nationals berth

By Gary Axelbank

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- For the Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team, it starts with their defense. And they used that defense to finish off two District opponents this weekend in Franklin MA to take the District N Championship and earn themselves a remarkable 11th consecutive trip to an NJCAA National Tournament. On Saturday, Monroe downed Manor College (NY) 78-50 and on Sunday, they took care of Essex (NJ) 76-57 to win their fourth District championship in the last five years.

"We are peaking at just the right time," said head coach James Robinson Jr. "Our defense keys everything else and right now we are committed to the energy that it takes to play good defense. I also have to say that every player on this team knows they're important and so on any given night, any give player can be key. This is a great way to get set for a national tournament."

In the win over Manor on Saturday, 11 of the 12 mustangs who got in the game got on the board. Aaliyah Mercer had 16 points and Tiashana Morris had 10. Tiara Brown also had 10 and she added 10 rebounds for a nifty double/double.

The finals win on Sunday was ignited by a dominant first half by Breana Bey who finished with 25 points, 21 of them coming in the first half as she displayed an awesome inside game. She shot 11/13 from the field. Eli Rojas was a virtual force for Monroe pulling down seventeen rebounds to go along with her ten points. Mercer had 11 points and Brown had 12.

Aaliyah Mercer was named Player of the Year in Region XV and after the game Coach Robinson took home the District Coach of the Year award. Monroe is now 22-10 on the season.

The NJCAA Women's Division II National Championships will be held at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS from March 18-22. Monroe has won four of the 10 previous national tournaments.

Bronx News ( Fordham Rams End Regular Season

Bronx News ( Fordham Rams End Regular Season: Fordham Rams End Regular Season with Eighth Straight Loss (Photo by Gary Quintal) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- The Fordham...