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Flushing HS handball team impresses on the court and in the classroom

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Photo courtesy of Betty Chow

The players on the Flushing High School handball team are not just adept athletes; they are also proficient in the classroom, with many of the student athletes taking advanced placement courses and holding high grade point averages.

After their latest victory, the Flushing Red Devils raised their record to 7-2 and are in first place.

“My hope is that we go deep into the playoffs this year,” said coach Betty Chow, who has been coaching the team for 12 years. “Last year, we advanced into the second round and lost to the eventual champions, Francis Lewis.”

As impressive as their record is this year, it does not compare to their work in the classroom.

The starters for the Red Devils are Waleed Akhtar, senior, who is enrolled in AP economics, AP English, AP calculus and AP biology, with an 85.25 average; Abraham Bautista, senior, who is taking both AP English and AP Spanish, as well as AP biology and AP economics and holds an 87.72 average; Richard Ong, senior, who is taking AP biology, AP economics, AP English and AP calculus and has a 93.96 average; Jianneng Wu, senior, who is enrolled in AP physics and AP economics, is on the math team and has an average of 97.15; and Andrew Yun, senior, who is taking AP English, AP biology, AP economics and AP calculus with a 91.6 average.

The other members of the team are Benson Liu, senior, who is enrolled in both AP physics and AP calculus with a 92.50 average; Jose Mendez, senior, who has an 82.50 average; Marlon Rea, senior, who holds an 84.57 average; Jerry Neira, junior, who posts an 83.83 average; and Brian Collado, sophomore, whose grades were not available.

The Red Devils look to continue their winning ways on the court and to keep up their impressive grades in the classroom.

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