Basketball

December, 2012

Astoria

Young St. John’s Prep cutting teeth with new team

It’s going to be season of multiple adjustments for Carla Marfe. The St. John’s Prep senior guard is getting used to playing with and being a leader of a much younger basketball team, which starts three freshmen. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Sandy costs Beach Channel boys hoops team its season: Coach

The Beach Channel boys basketball team will likely be forced to cancel its season because of the damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the still-shuttered building, as players are now scattered throughout the state and attending other schools, head coach Jim Malone told the TimesLedger. Comments (1).
Briarwood

Bishop Ford beat by strong Molloy girls squad

Christmas was days away, but there were no visions of sugarplums dancing in the heads of Amani Tatum and her teammates. The only thing on the Stanners’ minds was the present of earning an important win over Bishop Ford. Comment.
Briarwood

Molloy boys let excitement get to their heads in loss

Archbishop Molloy’s thrilling comeback may have been more than the Stanners could handle. The emotion of Gabe Kilpatrick’s banked home three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation carried into overtime, but not in the way Molloy had hoped. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside wins right to brag over Dozo

By beating rival Cardozo, Bayside earned control of the division race along with the ability to do some friendly Internet trash talking. Comment.
Flushing

Freshman Korzevinski gets rookie honors

Queens College freshman Kristen Korzevinski was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Dec. 17 for women’s basketball. The guard earned her first such award as a Knight. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Scanlan basketball gets leadership from St. John’s alum

Mercedes Dukes was uncertain about taking new Monsignor Scanlan girls’ basketball Coach Tom Catalanotto up on his offer to be his assistant at her alma mater. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s to join six other Catholic colleges to form new league

St. John’s University and the six other Big East Catholic schools are seeking a return to their programs’ basketball roots. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm breezes past St. Francis at Barclays

Much like his St. John’s team, D’Angelo Harrison has been a second-half performer the majority of the season. The sophomore bucked that trend at the Barclays Center Saturday. Comment.
Briarwood

Molloy victory caps end of tough week

Archbishop Molloy knows a thing or two about watching double-digit leads evaporate in the fourth quarter. Unlike last year, the Briarwood school wasn’t the one having to make the comeback and it was refreshing. Comment.
Middle Village

Deja Johnson rises above fray to get Christ the King point role

One of biggest questions facing Christ the King heading into the season was who was going to be their point guard. It may not be a question any longer. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers rally falls short in overtime loss to Bishop Ford

Michael Fields wasn’t interested in his team’s fight. St. Francis Prep twice rallied to send its game against Bishop Ford into overtime, but ultimately couldn’t convert key hoops down the stretch. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s leaving Big East with other Catholic colleges

The presidents of the Big East’s seven Catholic schools, including St. John’s University, officially announced their decision to leave the conference in a joint statement issued Saturday. Comment.
Flushing

Marchesini settles at helm of Holy Cross basketball

Tom Marchesini’s concern wasn’t how he got the job as Holy Cross boys’ basketball coach, but the task it entailed. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside hoops thrill in win over Magnet

You could almost predict what would happen next as Austin Williams caught the basketball on the right wing with seconds winding down and the score tied against his neighborhood school. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Scholars coping with Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has left the Scholars Academy girls’ basketball team out of its home without a home court and down two players. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Beach Channel cancels season after hurricane

Kapreme Irving waited his turn to be the leader of the Beach Channel boys’ basketball team, only to have his home and final year washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP girls display depth early on

St. Francis Prep entered this season expecting to be an improved, deeper and more mature team. Three games in the Terriers have begun to prove all of that and have already matched its win total of two from a year ago. This group now expects to win. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College’s Rowland earns rookie honors

Queens College freshman MacKenzie Rowland (Shaker, N.Y./Cohoes) was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday. This is the second such award for the talented freshman basketball player. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Terriers optimistic despite loss to Iona

St. Francis Prep boys’ basketball Coach Tim Leary is staying positive, despite his team’s 62-45 loss to Iona Prep in CHSAA Class AA play Friday night in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Velandia leads rally over Sacred Heart

Sophomore Saarah Velandia had already done the hard part by sparking a St. Francis Prep comeback. Still, she was nervous as she stepped to the free throw line before making one of two to seal her team’s basketball season opening win. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals fall despite strong rally in opener against Bishop Ford

Christ the King Coach Bob Mackey liked what he saw from his team in the middle of the game, cutting a 20-point deficit to just four in the fourth quarter. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm gets pumped up by monster slam dunk

Chris Obekpa’s offensive confidence is growing and it’s helping St. John’s at just the right time. For the second game this season the 6-foot-9 freshman, known more for his “SportsCenter” highlight blocks, provided big shots in the closing minutes of a tight game on his terms. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross star calls Gilvary’s dismissal unjust after season opening win

Holy Cross opened the season with a 65-56 win over visiting Holy Trinity in non-league boy’s basketball Tuesday night in the first game without Paul Gilvary at the helm in 16 seasons. The coach, who led the Knights to last season’s CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title, was dismissed from the position and put on paid administrative leave from his job as director of admissions Nov. 10 because of alleged improprieties. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Foul-prone Cardinals fall against Wesleyan in N.C.

A large free-throw discrepancy proved to be the difference for the York College men’s basketball team as they lost to North Carolina Wesleyan College 80-76 in the final game of the Roger Taylor Invitational Sunday afternoon. Comment.
Flushing

Knights men’s basketball falls to Post

The Queens College men’s basketball team was unable to pick up its first win of the 2012-13 season against the Post University Eagles, losing the contest Saturday afternoon by the score of 83-67. Comment.

November, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Patriots dig deep to overcome deficit vs. Bronx’s Kennedy

The young Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team played like veterans when it mattered. The Patriots’ starting lineup doesn’t have a single upper classmen in it, but they beat Bronx’s John F. Kennedy like a senior squad. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis hoops coach Lewinger retires but continues role as athletic director

Joe Lewinger has retired as Mary Louis girls basketball coach to focus on his duties as the school’s athletic director. Lewinger, who spent 11 seasons on the Hilltoppers bench, informed the team earlier this week that he would be stepping away and assistant coach JoAnn Arbitello would take over as coach. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy coaching legend Curran still strong at 82

C.J. Davis understands how hard it is for legendary Archbishop Molloy Coach Jack Curran to still put the time and effort he does into coaching. The 82-year-old Curran, starting his 55th season on the bench, has been going for dialysis three days a week for the last two seasons and underwent CyberKnife radiation earlier this fall when a 5-centimeter cancerous tumor was found on his lung in July. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Youthful Red Storm ends stretch surging

The signs and symptoms of youth have had a tendency to show themselves at St. John’s, comprised almost entirely of underclassmen, in the first five men’s basketball games this season. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Lewinger passes coach job

JoAnn Arbitello’s cellphone rang as she was walking through the aisles at BJ’s two weeks ago and Joe Lewinger was on the other line. When she picked up, the Mary Louis athletic director informed her he was retiring as varsity girls’ basketball coach and promoting her to do the job. Comments (1).
Flushing

Holy Cross coach removed

Holy Cross administrators are investigating claims Paul Gilvary, the school’s boy’s basketball coach and director of admissions, watched his players shower, the New York Post is reporting. He is currently on administrative leave at the all-boys Catholic school and has been removed as coach. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Former Mary Louis guard Nwajei signs with Wagner College

Jasmine Nwajei will get a chance to do something most players dream of. Comment.
Flushing

Gilvary put on administrative leave, removed as Holy Cross coach

Longtime Holy Cross boy’s basketball coach Paul Gilvary has been put on administrative leave by the school, he confirmed to the TimesLedger Newspapers. He is currently not coaching the school’s varsity team. Comments (3).
Jamaica Estates

Christian Jones impresses Lavin with basketball prowess, shooting

Christian Jones, the last scholarship player added, will be one of the first to see the court for St. John’s this season. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s b-ball welcomes new blood

The best season in program history isn’t enough for this group of St. John’s seniors. The legacy of Shenneika Smith, Nadirah McKenith and Eugenia McPherson as the most successful group in the history of Red Storm women’s basketball has one final chapter, one they hope to make better than all the rest. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

With Lavin back, young talent surges to SJU

D’Angelo Harrison understands the numbers are back in St. John’s’ favor. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Bishop Ford talent Lewis pledges talent to St. John’s

Tears welled up in Aaliyah Lewis’ eyes and rolled down her cheeks before she could utter the words “St. John’s.” Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Fuchs adjusts in Metro Classic

The time is approaching when the ball in Jordan Fuchs’ hands changes and he wants to be ready. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Fearless Smith thriving with bolstered St. John’s team

The biggest shot of Shenneika Smith’s career is rooted in lessons learned from former high school Coach Apache Paschall, who died of cancer before he could see her beat UConn. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Calhoun tries out new roles in Classic loss

Christ the King’s Sierra Calhoun may be listed as a small forward in the Metro Classic program, but the highly touted junior was running the point for most of the game. Comment.

October, 2012

Jamaica Estates

Red Storm pre-ranked 10th in NCAA conference

Bolstered by five returning letter winners and a No. 8 national recruiting class, St. John’s University was picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches. Comment.
Forest Hills

Bar owner defends hoops

Community Board 6 got an earful at its monthly meeting last week from residents calling foul on a local bar’s basketball tournaments. Comment.
Editorial

Fear of Basketball

Peter Massaro, the owner of Cobblestone’s Pub in Forest Hills, thought he was doing a good thing when he converted a parking lot behind his bar into a half basketball court for nighttime tournaments. Comments (4).
Flushing Times

Molloy’s Gallagher commits to Columbia team

For Carolyn Gallagher, there was always Columbia and everyone else. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s athletes participate in Service Day

As a testament to St. John’s University’s commitment to community service, Red Storm student-athletes took part in the 11th annual University Service Day Sept. 29, which was organized by St. John’s University’s Service Opportunity Council. Comment.
Flushing Times

Tatum chooses to head south for James Madison basketball

Amani Tatum headed to James Madison University for her first official visit with an open mind and was in no hurry to make a college decision. She left with her mind made up and a longing to return. Comment.
Queensbridge

Queensbridge teen’s coach fired after trying to memorialize her

Kasim Alston has been fired as the Bishop Loughlin varsity girls’ basketball coach after leading the school to the state Federation Class A title last season, he told TimesLedger Newspapers. Assistant Coach Chez Williams was promoted to the head job. Comment.

September, 2012

Queensbridge

A fallen star remembered

The emotions rushed back to Kasim Alston as he lit a candle on the park court where his goddaughter and former girls’ hoops star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy grew up playing before her death. Comments (1).
Flushing Times

Molloy guard Dietrich picks Pace

Coming to her team’s rescue in a time of need helped Alexa [Weazel] Dietrich land at the college she loved from the start. Comments (1).
Middle Village

CK’s Sierra Calhoun gets her shot at college stardom

The list of suitors is piling up and falling into place for Sierra Calhoun. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens’ own Machado heads to join Jeremy Lin in Houston

Scott Machado, the former Iona College point guard who went undrafted despite leading the nation in assists, agreed to a partially guaranteed, three-year contract for the league minimum with the Houston Rockets last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep football coach celebrates 60th year

Dylan King has seen his family attempt to talk to his grandfather Vince O’Connor about retiring from coaching football at St. Francis Prep. And the answer is always the same. Comment.
Middle Village

Fernandez leaves CK team for chance at Dartmouth

It was an opportunity Amanni Fernandez couldn’t pass up. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Mary Louis sophomore jump ship to St. Mary’s

Mary Louis’s prized freshmen class from a year ago is no more. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Acquisitions boost St. John’s ahead of basketball training

Chris Obekpa isn’t making any predictions, but if summer workouts are any indication, St. John’s University will be good this year, the shot-blocking machine said. Comment.

August, 2012

Hollis

NBA star returns home to Hollis for annual youth clinic

Royal Ivey did not speak much Saturday, the third and final day of his annual youth event in Hollis, but he said a lot. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Darryl Adams remembered at b-ball tourney

For most of the year, the basketball rims at St. Albans Park stand bare, but for a few weeks in the summer the hoops are outfitted with nylon nets as young men from southeast Queens sweat it out and learn a few life lessons in the process. Comment.
Middle Village

Fernandez leaves Warriors for chance to show talent

Amanni Fernandez was looking for a new challenge after a disappointing junior season at Christ the King. The rising senior point guard, who lost the battle for the starting job last year, left her NYC Warriors AAU team to play this summer with the Gauchos. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside team poised for dominant season

Of the four teams in last week’s Smartball Classic semifinals, three were penciled in at the outset of the two-week, single-elimination tournament. Christ the King and defending state Federation Class AA champion Boys & Girls are established New York City powers, while South Shore has a roster with as much talent as any in the five boroughs. Comment.
Hollis

Ivey clinic building life skills

After achieving some major milestones in his own life, NBA player Royal Ivey plans to impart a few lessons to the youth in his old neighborhood with his fifth Royal Skills Clinic this week. Comment.
South Jamaica

Bell teams battle for Nike

DDN/Sean Bell was guaranteed to win the Nike Tournament of Champions title Sunday night — the Queens-based program’s teams from West 4th Street and Watson both earned spots in the final. The real question was which sideline Coach Raheem “Rah” Wiggins would be on for the contest. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s Prep star heads to Italy’s top league

Bryant Dunston heard the Internet rumors. A report out of Israel, where he last played, said the Brooklyn Nets were considering offering him a contract. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Nwajei weighs plans ahead of senior year

Jasmine Nwajei is in a holding pattern in her college search as her senior year is weeks from getting started. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Queens star heads to Magic

Kyle O’Quinn’s fairy-tale story of basketball rags to riches doesn’t have an end in sight. Comment.
Bayside

Lawrence preps for final year after strong summer

It was a different type of summer for Jermaine Lawrence. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Week b-ball program continues growth in Jamaica

What Haron “H2O” Hargrave saw as a possible one-time thing is now a continuing and blossoming event. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Big year for SJU’s Burrell

For Justin Burrell, his first professional basketball season was not about himself despite his personal success on the court. Comment.
Queens Village

Hunt looking to finally get his chance at the bigs

Kyle Hunt is used to going unnoticed. The 6-foot-10 power forward was unheralded coming out of Martin Van Buren high school, far from a New York City basketball power. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Malone Mulhall Benefit sells out second annual game

For Jim Malone, it is a bittersweet reminder. Comment.
Middle Village

CK legends mentor boys’ summer camp

The moment you walk through Christ the King’s doors, it’s impossible not to be swept up by the school’s prestigious basketball history. Comment.
Jamaica

Boro native Machado draws comparison to Knicks’ Lin

Scott Machado doesn’t want to compare himself directly to Jeremy Lin, his potential future teammate with the Houston Rockets, but the similarities are striking. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Severe filling Calhoun’s shoes

Jon Severe hears it all the time. Everyone, from friends to classmates and even opponents, ask him how it feels to be the one who will be taking the bulk of shots next year for Christ the King. Comment.
Queens Village

Sidney takes long road to Kentucky

Jelleah Sidney could have quit often throughout her tumultuous basketball career. Comment.
Middle Village

CK junior helps secure title

Kollyns Scarbrough gave everyone a glimpse in March of what may come in the near future — including herself. Comment.
Flushing Times

Bulldogs stunned by Rochester in Nike Championship

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. — The NYC Bulldogs’ quest for a second straight basketball title in Washington, D.C., ended two wins shy. Comment.

July, 2012

Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis guard leads Heat in loss

YORK, Pa. — For the most part, it was a good performance by the NYC Heat, but there were a few key moments Coach Kevin White would like back. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Joyner gets new role in Conn.

In a year where things didn’t go nearly as planned for Kalief Joyner, the Christ the King football star was thrown another curveball when he arrived for practice for the Empire Challenge. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Hardy could have shot with Miami Heat

Now this is on-the-job training. Comment.
Middle Village

CK star Lewis may transfer

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Isaiah Lewis will likely transfer from Christ the King and become the latest city star to leave the area, he said during The Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East showcase. Comment.
Rosedale

Thomas steps up game, commits to play serious ball

READING, Pa. — Jevon Thomas walks under the hoop, inbounds the ball and playfully shoulder-bumps Wings Academy Coach Billy Turnage. He does the same to another familiar face, smiling at each one. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Delarosa shapes up for colleges

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — At 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds, Adonis Delarosa is one of the nation’s biggest players. The Christ the King forward is also one of its most improved. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s basketball benefit golf outing

St. John’s University women’s basketball first-year head Coach Joe Tartamella has announced the date for the program’s first golf outing. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy baller Ejerta prepares to put on Dowling uniform

Kamille Ejerta couldn’t help but picture herself in a Dowling uniform as she watched them play Franklin Pierce this winter. Comment.
Flushing Times

The ball’s in Amani’s court

YORK, Pa. — Decision time is finally coming for Amani Tatum. Comments (1).
Bayside

Dozo’s Hunt secures full scholarship to Alcorn State

Tyrel Hunt was close to settling for a Division II school at this time last year. Then, before making a decision, he thought about how far he had come in one year, from a fringe rotation player to a key component at Cardozo, and he realized if he had made such strides in that short a period, why not see what the next year would hold. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Fallen McClancy baller remembered

Two and a half years after he tragically collapsed and died playing a game of pick-up basketball at Farmingdale State College, of Long Island, Dominic Murray hasn’t been forgotten. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s signee excited about team’s incoming talent

Orlando Sanchez, the 6-foot-9 JUCO standout out of Monroe College, forgot for a moment the name of the postseason tournament — the NCAA Tournament — all college players want to compete in, but he knew with St. John’s University’s incoming class it’s a possibility. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Former Campus Magnet star has Magic draft

Kyle O’Quinn saw his name flash across the television screen, felt his Pastor Gregory Perry’s Virginia home basically shake and took a deep breath of exultation and elation. Comment.
Flushing

Queens defeated in battle

The Bronx knocked off Queens in the first contest in the Battle of the Boroughs, but unlike the previous two years, this was just the beginning. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU student first NBA draftee since ’01

Moe Harkless last week became the first St. John’s University player since 2001 to be drafted to the National Basketball Association. He is the 60th all-time St. John’s player to be drafted into the NBA, according to the university. Comment.

June, 2012

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s bolsters roster with LI grad

Steve Lavin proved to be true to his word. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm star LeRoy Ellis dies at 72

St. John’s legend LeRoy Ellis, who turned a standout Redman career into a 14-year NBA legacy with a world championship in 1972, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., at the age of 72 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Comments (1).

May, 2012

Ozone Park

Lab cheerleader trades pompoms for high-tops

Up until two years ago, if Ashanti Plummer was at a basketball game, it was in the stands or on the baseline waving pom-poms. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Hamlet of Francis Lewis draws offer from Wagner

Jazmine Hamlet had her plan set. As of early April, she didn’t have the Division I school she wanted. So the Francis Lewis guard figured she would go to a junior college for a year with hopes to earn some more interest. Comment.
Jamaica

Ford’s ‘Pookie’ signs with Old Dominion

Basketball wasn’t always a serious thing for Brittany “Pookie” Martin. The Bishop Ford center had played the sport growing up, but didn’t compete in organized ball until she went to the Brooklyn Catholic school. Comment.
Forest Hills

Andre the Giant goes big

Andre Armstrong’s journey to a Division I basketball scholarship featured as many stops and starts as the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway. Comment.
Flushing

Bronx standout signs with Queens College

Joya McFarland didn’t just want to go somewhere she felt wanted. The John F. Kennedy senior wanted a college where she was needed. Comment.
Bayside

Rhoomes, out of Cardozo, picks Fordham over big names

Ryan Rhoomes described the last year of his life as hell. Instead of starting his college career at TCU, he was back home in Middleton, N.Y., working two jobs and using his sparse free time to stay in shape. Comment.
Bayside

A Cardozo star rises in MVP performance

PENNINGTON, N.J. — Emphatic dunks, feathery three-point shots, impressive moves around the hoop — Jermaine Lawrence showed his entire arsenal Saturday afternoon. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights’ Baker lives dream

Cavon Baker was determined to play Division I basketball. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s boosts roster with big, strong forwards

Steve Lavin promised a landmark basketball recruiting class and he’s come through so far. Comment.

April, 2012

Middle Village

Omar Calhoun tops boro

There were titles, championship games, deep runs and renaissance seasons for Queens in 2011-12. Comment.
St. Albans

PSAL beats CHSAA in all-star battle

The PSAL all-stars defeated their CHSAA counterparts — well, some of them — and a few other PSAL stars in the first Battle 4 the City. Comment.
Middle Village

Sophomore Calhoun leads Queens girls

As always, Queens was one of the power boroughs in girls’ basketball. Comment.
Elmhurst

Bishop Ford’s Mason picks Radford, Va.

Diani Mason didn’t want just any old college last June when she graduated Bishop Ford. A nagging foot injury short-circuited what would have been a promising senior season and Mason didn’t have any offers she liked — some Division IIs, some junior colleges. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mohamed plays for late uncle as Queens MVP

Last week had a deeper meaning for Reana Mohamed than it does for most players. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun earns MVP - again

Omar Calhoun owns all-star games. Comment.
Jamaica

Nazareth players who made Qns team kept off court

Lisa Blair and Brianna Sidney did everything they could to compete in the Wheelchair Charities HS Basketball Classic. They attended the visit to Coler-Goldwater hospital. They wrote essays describing their experiences. Comment.
Ozone Park

Hun School’s Jackie Mullen chooses Arcadia

There was an immediate comfort level for Hun School basketball point guard Jackie Mullen on the Arcadia campus. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhouns meet the mayor

Omar Calhoun lives for the big games. In his Christ the King career, Calhoun has won two CHSAA Class AA intersectional titles and a New York State Federation Class AA championship. Last weekend, he was in New Orleans for the All-American Championship Game. And next year, the 6-foot-4 guard will take his game to UConn, which won the national title last year. Comment.
Middle Village

Colleges still sweet on Lewis following post-season benching

Isaiah Lewis’ benching hasn’t scared off college coaches. Comment.

March, 2012

Jamaica

Boys and Girls star shines at MSG debut

In early November, Rashad Andrews was focused on helping St. Anthony repeat as mythical national basketball champion. Comment.
Basketball

Queens players take talents to Sweet Sixteen

The talent developed on the sandlot courts and high school hardwood of Queens will once again go on display Thursday in the NCAA basketball tournament. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Glaz gives it her all in loss

ALBANY — Jessica Glaz was fouled and landed hard hip first on the ball in the fourth quarter. She was on the ground for a minute, writhing in pain. But the Scholars Academy sophomore refused to come out of the game. Never mind that her team was facing an insurmountable deficit. Comment.
Hollis

Washington leads title team

Jordan Washington has had his fair share of ups and downs, but on Sunday he reached an all-time high. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Scholars take two against Bedford

The pursuit of a second-straight title was just one of many things that motivated Scholars Academy. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s star freshman leaving the Red Storm for NBA draft

St. John’s star Moe Harkless, the 2011-12 Big East Rookie of the Year and the only league freshman to be named an All-Big East honorable mention selection, announced Monday that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside wins for ill coach

Steve Piorkowski has suffered from arthritis in his shoulders for years, the product of playing sports and coaching his entire life. One day in late January, though, the pain got bad — intolerably bad. Comment.
Middle Village

Lady Royals miss chance against Naz

The run and the spark came too late for a Christ the King team that has been resilient all season. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans’ Pathways heads to Class B finals

When top-seeded Pathways Prep of St. Albans was turning its PSAL Class B semifinal contest into a rout, ripping off a 19-6 run to create a canyon-sized 19-point lead, Jordan Washington was a key contributor. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Poll-favorite leads Lewis

The ball is in Jasmine Davis’ hands in crunch time for Francis Lewis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the senior guard is scoring the go-ahead or tying basket. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross falls short of title against Bronx rival

Two of the city’s top players, Kerwin Okoro and Daniel Dingle, led St. Ray’s to a 66-58 win over Holy Cross at Fordham University for the program’s first CHSAA Class AA intersectional title since 2004. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s coach named Big East Coach of the Year

St. John’s University head Coach Kim Barnes Arico was named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year as announced by officials from the Big East Conference at the annual postseason awards press conference last week at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., the university said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis’ Hamlet leads upset against PSAL rival

From her wild yet successful forays to the hoop to her bold proclamation, Jazmine Hamlet lived up to the “lunatic” nickname Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai has bestowed upon her. Comment.
Middle Village

CK coach benches star in post-season

Isaiah Lewis, one of the city’s top prospects, has been benched indefinitely, Christ the King Coach Joe Arbitello said after his team beat Archbishop Stepinac 77-53 in the CHSAA Class AA boys’ basketball second round last Thursday night at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Jamaica

Adams showed skill on basketball court

Robert Moses coached Darryl Adams for two years as a point guard in a youth basketball league, and he said the young man from Jamaica, who was shot and killed last week, was a good kid who was trying his best despite growing up in a rough area. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside defies odds, stays alive in playoffs

Ashley Mitchell called her Bayside team’s No. 38 seed “ridiculous” and recited a motto from head Coach Steve Piorkowski. Comment.
Middle Village

Sierra Calhoun lifts CK to Brooklyn/Qns title

The CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title is Christ the King’s again and the Royals have Sierra Calhoun to thank. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo falls in post-season fight against Bronx’s Wings

Wings Academy swept past fifth-seeded Cardozo in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals at St. John’s University Sunday, putting an end to the borough champ’s post-season aspirations. Comments (1).
Flushing

Knights advance in playoffs

Heading into halftime down 11 points, Holy Cross head Coach Paul Gilvary knew he didn’t have to deliver an emotional speech to get his senior-heavy team going. Comment.
Editorial

CHSAA Drops the Ball

Sometimes common sense is not common enough. In January, the coaches of the Christ the King and Bishop Ford girls’ basketball teams decided not to play in games against Nazareth High School in the days following the death of Nazareth Coach Apache Paschall. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross wins it for coach

Paul Gilvary didn’t have to say a word. The Holy Cross players knew something was wrong. Among themselves, they vowed to play for their coach, whose mother died this week. Comment.
Flushing Times

Gallagher redeems self in tie-break comeback victory

Following Carolyn Gallagher’s last outing against Christ the King two weeks ago, the junior star had her effort questioned by Molloy Coach Scott Lagas. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP sophomore guard dings 26 in postseason

Michael Fields gave a glimpse into a possibly bright future for St. Francis Prep Sunday afternoon. Comment.

February, 2012

Flushing Times

Sophomore guard takes Molloy lead

Gabe Kilpatrick didn’t play a ton of minutes during the regular season. Legendary Archbishop Molloy Coach Jack Curran has always had a penchant for playing his seniors and upperclassmen, the ones who have been there before, over young players. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Crowd cheers athlete’s return after shooting

Justin Thompson has shown exemplary strength and courage under the most difficult of circumstances. Comment.
Middle Village

CK Varsity B crowned city champs

Christ the King’s Varsity B basketball team’s win in the city championship was celebrated during senior night at the Middle Village high school. The Royals beat out Holy Cross for the title during a game at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.
Flushing

Lin madness hits Flushing

Flushing residents packed into a neighborhood mall Friday night to watch New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin, just hours after Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden reached an accord allowing fans to watch games from home. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis force picks home school

Elisabeth Gully finally got a reward for her perseverance and hard work. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis junior Nwajei heads to Bergtraum

Jasmine Nwajei becomes the second star guard in as many days to land at Murry Bergtraum. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun leads rally in late comeback

With 28.9 seconds left in Christ the King’s dramatic, 88-82 basketball overtime victory Friday over Holy Cross, Omar Calhoun wrote his name into the Middle Village school’s record books. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy stuns in overtime

Carolyn Gallagher had made all but one fourth-quarter free throw this season and there was no reason to think that was about to change. Comment.
Basketball

Meng meets Knick Jeremy Lin

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng said she was excited to meet New York Knicks point guard sensation Jeremy Lin, who she called a down-to-earth guy and, as a Harvard graduate, a great role model for young New Yorkers and Asian Americans. Comment.
Middle Village

CK legend battles cancer

Erin Blum kept telling Clare Droesch she wasn’t going to let her St. Edmund Prep basketball team lose to Bishop Kearney. Comment.
Middle Village

Coach’s death calls for forfeits: League

Bishop Ford and Christ the King should forfeit their unplayed girls’ basketball games against Nazareth following Naz Coach Apache Paschall’s death, the CHSAA Eligibility and Infractions Committee recommended Friday. Comment.
Flushing

After ample rest, Moore dings 30 for Holy Cross

If Marquise Moore had any rust in his first game back to the court in two weeks, it didn’t show Friday night. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals take back CHSAA throne

Christ the King has taken its lumps. The Royals played five games in six days in three different states during one stretch this year. They’ve been blown out by nationally ranked teams on three separate situations. Comment.
Flushing Times

Stanners rally over TMLA

Scott Lagas is on Jessica Jamin constantly at practice. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside beats Cardozo for first time in over decade

Before last week, Bayside had not defeated Cardozo in 11 years. But just minutes into the second quarter, with a large lead, it was evident that the losing streak was coming to an end. Comments (1).

January, 2012

Long Island City

Bulldogs make their case

Arthur Santanna hears it all the time. Queens is soft. Queens A West is one of the weakest divisions in the city. Star Aaron Williams isn’t around anymore to bail out Long Island City, last year’s PSAL Class A runner-up. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo’s big star stuns with early exit

Jermaine Lawrence, one of the city’s top talents and a nationally ranked junior, has left Cardozo. Comments (2).
Jamaica Estates

Young Red Storm struggles

No one said playing Big East basketball was going to be easy and the St. John’s Red Storm have found that out first-hand. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

MLS JV girls win 8 in a row, defeating GNYA

The wins keep coming for the junior varsity girls at Maspeth’s Martin Luther School. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo falls without big star under the basket

For someone who wasn’t in the building, Jermaine Lawrence was a major topic of conversation Saturday afternoon at Baruch College. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Junior guard leads Bayside to victory

Austin Williams was convinced this team wasn’t going to give another lead to Campus Magnet before ensuring it. Comment.
Flushing

Lacking marquee talent, Holy Cross continues to win

Without that one marquee star, Holy Cross has emerged as a legit CHSAA Class AA contender because of its depth. Comment.
Middle Village

Xaverian’s ‘Severe’ defeat

On a day in which just about every three-pointer dropped, the two that would have set a school record didn’t. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King alum makes first collegiate appearance

Jeff Walz couldn’t help but notice something different about Bria Smith at practice as he was going over a scouting report. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy guard fired up by competitive NJ squad

Immaculate Conception guard Kelcey Castro dribbled up the floor and shook Amani Tatum with a quick crossover, leaving the Molloy guard fallen on the hardwood floor. The mostly pro-New Jersey crowd let out oohs and ahhs and Castro buried a three-pointer from the top of the key. Comment.
Jamaica

Russell hits career milestone at BK

Tyshawn Russell, of Brooklyn College, has put together an impressive basketball career over the last four years with the Bulldogs, massing just over 1,000 points, as well as 203 rebounds, 172 assists and 134 steals. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross rolls over Molloy for 10th overall victory

Holy Cross was patient, it was unselfish and there was no greater example of that than at the end of the third quarter. Comment.
Bayside

Lutheran league gearing up for 2012

The New York City Lutheran League’s basketball program has been around for more than 50 years and features schools that span across four out of the city’s five boroughs. The Lutheran Schools Association product has seven schools that participate in an ultra-competitive schedule that features sixth- through eighth-graders. Comments (1).
Flushing

Clarke beats setback, returns to frontcourt

Mairega Clarke didn’t know what to think two falls ago when he went to the doctor. The Holy Cross forward was told he had high blood pressure — a rather unusual affliction for a teenager. The diagnosis, Clarke said, only made it worse. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun leads shutdown

BINGHAMTON, NY — Omar Calhoun’s reputation is built on the offensive end, as an elite scorer and potent three-point scorer. It’s why defending national basketball champion Connecticut successfully recruited the Brooklyn native, who is just the second Christ the King player to reach 1,000 points as a junior (Khalid Reeves is the other). Comments (1).
Bayside

Dozo falls to Philly squad

PHILADELPHIA — Savon Goodman said he took what the defense gave him: multiple powerful dunks that brought the capacity crowd to its feet. Comments (1).
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