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September, 2014

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Morton, Whitehead combo must watch at Seton Hall

Legendary Abraham Lincoln boys’ basketball coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton is now officially an assistant at Seton Hall, but the nearly yearlong saga doesn’t end there. Comment.
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New Railsplitters leave strong first impression

Shawn O’Connor’s message to his new Lincoln football team was to use its season opener against Tottenville as a chance to introduce itself to the rest of the city. Comments (1).
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South Shore can feel good about dreaming big

South Shore doesn’t plan on tip-toeing its way into the top division of Public School Athletic League football. Comment.

August, 2014

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High school sports stars to watch in fall 2014

Another Brooklyn high school sports season is getting set to start. New stars emerge and old ones put the finshing touches on their careers. So here is a look at the players I think you should keep an eye on during the upcoming fall season. Comment.
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Former Erasmus star Samuel set to shine for Ohio State

Curtis Samuel’s high school football career ended with a late-game ankle injury in Erasmus Hall’s semifinal loss to Tottenville last season. Comment.
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Brooklyn needs to adopt overdue transfer rule change

The Catholic league’s move toward loosening it restrictions on transfers is long overdue and makes sense with the recent downward trend in enrollments. Comment.
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Strong summer proves Smith is ready for the NBA

Russ Smith delivered another blow to his critics, which is what he does every chance he gets. Comment.

July, 2014

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Exiting Suarez leaves legacy of success, growth at LIU

As John Suarez made the decision to step down as Long Island University athletic director, he started to receive gentle reminders recently of how long his career there has been. Comment.
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Former John Jay star Ryan still has game

Beating players half his age on the basketball court is nothing new to Jack Ryan, and him doing so is becoming an inspiration to others his age. Comment.
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Wounded Warrior softball game should be annual event

There are plenty of distractions in our world — bills to pay, parties to attend, and jobs to do. Sometimes you need a stark jolt to make you look up and see what’s really going on. Comment.
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Thank you Jason: Nets better off as Hollins replaces Kidd

Dear Mr. Kidd, Thanks for leaving. Comment.
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Erasmus Hall’s Lewin shines on big stage

Khalil Lewin never believed he was playing in Curtis Samuel’s shadow at Erasmus Hall, and didn’t miss a chance to remind people of that. Comment.

June, 2014

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Experience, support group have Lincoln’s Whitehead set up for college success

Isaiah Whitehead has been getting some reminders that his time as Abraham Lincoln’s star basketball player is coming to a close, and an even greater challenge awaits him at Seton Hall. Comment.
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Gritty Sigismondi helped will Xaverian to crown

No one will describe Anthony Sigismondi as “dominant” in the traditional sense. The adjectives will be more like “winner,” “competitor,” and “leader.” But those attributes were more than enough. Comment.
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Future bright for Nazareth despite championship game loss

Nazareth coach Oggie Quiles had a poignant message for his young baseball team right before it took the field for its championship game — one the players need to carry with them moving forward. Comment.
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Changes needed to PSAL baseball quarterfinal format

This season made it evident that the Public School Athletic League needs to make changes to where it plays its quarterfinal baseball playoff games. Comment.

May, 2014

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Poly freshman Storz has potential for greatness

Nick Storz gave us a glimpse this season of what we will have the pleasure of watching for the next three years. Comment.
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New softball playoff format misguided

The Public School Athletic League’s expanded softball playoff format doesn’t help anyone. Comment.
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Confident Midwood earns spot among city’s top teams

This was the season the Midwood baseball program has been building toward, and it hasn’t let the expectations go unfulfilled. Comment.
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Poly Prep-Berkeley Carroll rivalry adds another memorable chapter

My tweet was all typed out and ready to be sent, but I should have known better. Comment.
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Former LIU star’s first taste of the majors won’t be his last

James Jones was destined to play in the major leagues. He just had to be patient and trust his work ethic. Comment.

April, 2014

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Catholic schools must learn from Bishop Ford’s mistakes

Catholic schools, please take notice of what is going on at Bishop Ford. Study the situation and learn from it. Comments (11).
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Trapani the key to Fontbonne’s quest for repeat

Nicolette Trapani is the difference-maker for Fontbonne Hall. Comment.
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Home court, health critical to Nets’ playoff success

The Brooklyn Nets summer gamble has paid off. Comment.
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New college hoops agreement has Barclays in postion to best MSG

The Barclays Center took a significant step towards surpassing Madison Square Garden as New York City’s premier destination for college basketball with the announcement of its deals with the Atlantic Coast and Atlantic-10 conferences. Comment.

March, 2014

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All-American Cuevas overcame personal tragedies

Being named a McDonald’s All-American is a validation for Bianca Cuevas — proof that she has moved beyond her personal tragedies and answered her critics. Comments (4).
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Brooklyn stars snubbed in Miss Basketball selection

The process for picking Miss Basketball in New York needs to change because neither of the top two players in the state won this year. And one of them wasn’t even put in the running. Comment.
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Coach Morton can’t dodge blame for Lincoln loss

Dwayne “Tiny” Morton appears to have coached his last game at Abraham Lincoln, but he isn’t leaving like the champion he has been throughout his career. Morton never got control of the overconfidence that grew around his overwhelmingly talented roster that include the city’s best player in Isaiah Whitehead. Comment.
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South Shore must seize unique championship opportunity

South Shore’s current trip to the final is unlike any of the three previous times it earned the right to play for the Public School Athletic League’s Class AA girls basketball city title. This situation puts it in its best position yet to finally claim the elusive crown. Comment.

February, 2014

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Brooklyn high school hoops will make this a special March

March should belong to Brooklyn’s basketball teams. Comment.
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Hardy’s success a lesson that all is never lost

Heather Hardy’s inspirational story grows with each victory. Comment.
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Loyal Hayes signs in fitting style

Poly Prep defensive tackle Jay Hayes avoided the ice, rain, and cold that accompanied National Signing Day in Brooklyn when he officially signed to play for Notre Dame last Wednesday. Comment.
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Players’ lack of composure mars rivalry game

My original plan was to write a column encouraging hoops fans to experience the boys’ basketball rivalry between Christ the King and Bishop Loughlin. That plan changed after the display the teams put on last Friday night. You might want to proceed with caution. Comment.

January, 2014

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Fast start to college career preview of greatness to come for Baird

Former Medgar Evers track star Kadecia Baird had a better start to her college career than she had in her homecoming race at the Armory last Saturday. Comment.
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Leadership role fits Grand Street’s Cora

Arelis Cora is proving she’s got Division I talent. Comments (1).
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Barclays Center should replace Garden as PSAL basketball title games host

Madison Square Garden has become synonymous with New York City high school basketball champions, because it has hosted the Public School Athletic League boys’ and girls’ title games for the past 23 years. Comment.
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No holiday cheer for two of Brooklyn’s top hoops stars

The New Year certainly wasn’t a happy one for two of Brooklyn’s best basketball players trying to return from injuries. Comment.
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Lincoln, Nazareth put hoops world on notice

Abraham Lincoln and Nazareth put the city and the rest of the nation on notice before Christmas. Comment.

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