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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Clinton girls make it to flag football playoffs

By Chris Mascaro
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Zaria Powell of the Dewitt Clinton Governors dodges past Arileidy Alvarado of the Harry S. Truman Lady Mustangs on May 23 at Truman. Clinton lost 39-8 in their last game of the season.

In its second year in existence, the DeWitt Clinton girls’ flag football team is in the PSAL playoffs.

The girls finished 7-3 in the regular season and are the 15th seed out of 28 playoff teams. They were scheduled to play No. 18 Bathgate Educational Complex on Wednesday, May 28 in the first round (after The Press went to print).

The Governors lost their final game of the season to undefeated Harry Truman on May 23. But one day earlier, Clinton beat the Bronx High School of Science, which is also a playoff team, 24-6. Mikayla McNaughton and Yuliana Medina each ran for touchdowns in that game, while Xiomara Pena and Zaria Powell each threw touchdown passes.

Coach Omar Osiorio’s squad went 2-8 last season but turned things around in 2014, especially on defense, as Clinton allowed only an average of 13.2 points per game.

John F. Kennedy, which won the inaugural girls flag football tournament in 2012, went 6-4 this season and was scheduled to play at No. 11 Madison as the 22nd seed on Wednesday.

Bronx Science (5-5), the 26th seed, was scheduled to play No. 7 Queens Vocational Tech on Wednesday, May 28. 


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