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Christ the King girls team remains undefeated in 2015

Christ the King’s girls team had a tough December that saw them split their eight games with losses to Bishop Loughlin, Paul IV (VA), Braintree (MA) and Capital Prep (CT). So far in January the Lady Royals are 4-0 after a 66-53 victory over South Shore in the Nike vs. Under Armour Challenge on Jan. 11. Junior Sydney Zambrotta scored 21 points and had five assists while fellow junior Dominique Toussaint added 16. Coach Bob Mackey’s young team faced off against Mary Louis on Jan. 13 and then has 10 days between games.

Bayside hoping to get back on track

Bayside’s 88-45 loss to Cardozo on Dec. 18 was the second in a five-game losing streak. The last two have been close losses at Martin Van Buren and Campus Magnet. On Jan. 6, the Commodores dropped a 45-44 decision to the Vee Bees. Two days later, they were handed a 63-61 defeat by Magnet. Coach Steve Scharf’s team is 4-6 in league play and began a stretch of three straight home games by facing Flushing on Jan. 13 and will face Edison on Jan. 22.

Cornwall’s triple-doubles highlights perfect week for Francis Lewis

Through Jan. 12, junior Jaheam Cornwall’s 237 points through 10 league games are the fourth-most in the city and second in Queens only to Justin Wright-Foreman. He is averaging 23.7 points, which is the second highest average in the city. Cornwall is also averaging 6.5 assists, which is third in the city and the best in Queens. Cornwall enhanced both totals with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 101-44 win at Grover Cleveland on Jan. 9. A day earlier, Cornwall had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 74-31 win over Aviation. Cornwall also had 28 points in a thrilling 51-50 win over Bowne on Jan. 6 that was decided by a buzzer-beating jumper by senior Quentin Williams. The Patriots are 10-0 in league play and 14-1 overall through Jan. 12. Francis Lewis visited Newtown on Jan. 13 and will host Queens Vocational on Jan. 15.

High School of Construction opens 2015 with two league wins

On Dec. 22, the Red Hawks were handed their first league loss when they fell at Cardozo. In 2015, the Red Hawks have won league games over Campus Magnet and Edison. In a 75-64 win at Campus Magnet on Jan. 6, forward Kyle Allman had 31 points and 11 rebounds while guard Justin Wright-Foreman added 25. Two days later in a 92-60 win over Edison, Wright-Foreman had 23 points while Allman added 16. Coach Cory Semper’s team is 14-1 overall and following a visit to Beach Channel on Jan. 13, the Red Hawks will travel to Washington D.C. and face Oldsmar Christian Academy (FL) and Faith Baptist Christian (GA).

St. John’s men drops out of top 25, lands key recruit

The Red Storm are 0-3 in league play and 11-4 overall, and on Jan. 13 the program received some good news when guard Brandon Sampson from Madison Prep in Louisiana committed to St. John’s. Sampson is ranked No. 32 in ESPN’s top 100 and is the sixth best guard according to ESPN. Coach Steve Lavin has four scholarships remaining for next season and was spotted in the stands at the Jan. 11 showcase at Christ the King. St. John’s fell out of the AP top 25 and will continue its schedule Jan. 14 against Providence.

St. John’s women rebound from two losses

The Red Storm rebounded from losses to Connecticut and Butler by getting a 61-38 win at Creighton by shooting 74 percent in the second half. Junior guard Aliyyah Handford scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half. Forward Amber Thompson added nine rebounds, including the 900th at. St. John’s. The Red Storm are 13-3, received seven points in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and have home games against DePaul on Jan. 16 and Marquette on Jan. 18.

Holy Cross gets Battle of the Boulevard win over St. Francis Prep

Holy Cross rebounded from a blowout loss against Bishop Loughlin by picking up a 66-55 win over at St. Francis Prep on Jan. 9. Holy Cross is 7-6 and 3-3 in league play through Jan. 12. Holy Cross faced Christ the King on Jan. 13 and then will host Xaverian on Jan. 16.

Raynor scores 26 in debut, helps Springfield Gardens stay undefeated

Senior guard Travis Raynor averaged 18.2 points in 17 regular season and playoff games last season but did not start this season until Jan. 9. Against Jamaica, Raynor scored 26 points with half of those points coming at the foul line. Three years ago, Raynor averaged 22 points for the Springfield Gardens junior varsity team. Joel Boyce added 18 and seven rebounds for Springfield Gardens, which put its 8-0 record in Queens A East on the line Jan. 14 with against Pathways College Prep.


Queens sports roundup

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Francis Lewis Girls get knocked off by Bergtraum

Last year, Francis Lewis ended Murry Bergtraum’s reign as PSAL champions with a semifinal victory. On Jan. 5, Lewis fell to 8-2 overall with a 78-64 home loss to Bergtraum. The Lady Patriots were up 11 early on but were outscored 50-25 over the final 20 minutes. Chi La Bady scored 23 points while Sierra Green and Robyn Francis had 14 apiece in a game that saw the Patriots go more than eight minutes without a basket. Coach Stephen Tsai’s team will try to rebound on Jan. 9 against Boys and Girls High School.

Queens College women get win at Madison Square Garden

Jan. 4 marked the 40th anniversary of the first women’s college basketball game played at Madison Square Garden. That game was between Queens College and Immaculata College of Pennsylvania and the schools reprised their meeting. This time, Queens College got the win as sophomore forward Madison Rowland scored 28 points and had 11 rebounds in a 76-60 victory. Queens has won six straight games and is 9-2 following a 92-34 victory over Concordia on Jan. 5. Queens will next host District of Columbia on Jan. 10 in a home game.

St. John’s men looking to rebound from tough start to Big East play

After entering Big East play 11-1 for the first time in 29 years and on a seven-game losing streak, the Red Storm opened conference play with a 78-67 loss at Seton Hall on Dec. 31 and a 73-69 home loss to Butler on Jan. 3. The Red Storm have been without sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan due to “personal reasons,” but he returned Jan. 6 against Villanova. The Red Storm went from No. 15 in the AP Poll to 24th. Following the Villanova game, they will visit Providence on Jan. 14.

Christ the King beats Molloy, gets upset by Xaverian

Christ the King returned from its trip to Delaware and split a pair of league games. On Jan. 2, junior guard Jarred Rivers scored 21 points in a 73-53 home win over Molloy. The Royals then fell to 9-2 with a 51-49 home loss to Xaverian. Rawle Alkins had 21 points, and Marcus Layne’s three-point attempt at the buzzer deflected off the front of the rim. Next up for the Royals is a home game against Cardozo on Jan. 11.

Far Rockaway gets two non-league wins over the break

Far Rockaway improved to 9-1 overall by getting non-league wins over Roosevelt on Dec. 27 and Harborfields on Jan. 4. The game against Harborfields was at Long Island Lutheran and in the Sea Horses’ 48-44 win, senior shooting guard Williams Overo had 23 points and six rebounds. Overo is averaging 21 points in league games and Far Rockaway resumes league play Jan. 9 by visiting Pathways College Prep.

Former Christ the King star transfers from Duke

Sierra Calhoun led Christ the King to a pair of Brooklyn-Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association titles and to two appearances in the state semifinals. After averaging 24 points in her senior year, Calhoun headed to Duke. She averaged 10 points in 13 games for the Blue Devils but on Jan. 4 the school announced Calhoun was transferring to another Division I school.

St. Francis Prep hockey leading CHSHL B Division

The Terriers are 6-1-1 and have 19 points, giving them a four-point lead over Stepinac. St. Francis Prep began the season with four straight wins before a 6-2 loss to Xavier and a 3-3 tie with Stepinac. On Jan. 4, the Terriers had a 5-3 victory over St. Edmund’s Prep at Coney Island.


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St. John’s men head into Big East action on a roll

St. John’s has won seven in a row and heads into Big East play 11-1 for the first time since the 1985-86 season. The Red Storm kept up their winning ways with an 82-57 victory over Tulane at the Barclays Center on Dec. 28. Senior Sir’Dominic Pointer had a career-high 24 points and D’Angelo Harrison added 21 in the victory for the Red Storm, which climbed two spots to No. 15 in the AP Poll on Dec. 29. The Red Storm opened their Big East schedule Dec. 31 at Seton Hall and will host Butler on Jan. 3.

Christ the King gets split in Delaware, sees 23-game winning streak end

The Royals headed to Delaware to take part in the Slam Dunk at the Beach tournament on Dec. 27-28. On Dec. 28, Christ the King faced Sunrise Christian of Wichita, Kansas, and were handed a 66-57 loss. Junior Rawle Alkins had 23 points while Jose Alvarado added 15 in the loss. On Dec. 27, Christ the King defeated Gonzaga College High of Washington, D.C., 63-51. Against Gonzaga, Alkins had 18 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. The Royals are 8-1 and return to action Jan. 2 against Molloy and Jan. 4 against Xaverian.

Springfield Gardens rolls into New Year atop Queens A East

The Golden Eagles are 7-0 in league play and are getting production from Joel Boyce (19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds), Ian Howard (17.4 points, 17.7 rebounds) and Daniel Kissoon (16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds). They remained unbeaten in league play with a 67-56 victory at Far Rockaway on Dec. 22. Boyce had 21 points while Howard collected 14 and 18 rebounds and Kissoon chipped in 14. Overall, Springfield Gardens is 9-2 after a 68-58 non-league game over Benjamin Banneker on Dec. 27. The Golden Eagles host St. Anthony’s of Long Island in a non-league game on Jan. 8 and resume league play by visiting Jamaica on Jan. 9.

Bowne atop Queens A West standings

The Wildcats went 14-0 in Queens A West last season and are halfway to doing so again. On Dec. 23 Bowne led by 16 after the first quarter en route to a 72-57 win over Forest Hills. Khari Ojeda Harvey had 18 points and 10 assists and Bowne had 17 assists on 19 baskets. Bowne will next take on undefeated Francis Lewis on Jan. 6 in Fresh Meadows.

Lady Owls ahead of pack in Queens A West

Bryant headed into the Christmas break undefeated in league play. The Lady Owls improved to 7-0 with a 36-28 win at Cardozo on Dec. 22. Ashley Quiles had 12 points and Shayla McCombs added 10. Bryant holds a one-game lead over Cardozo and Bowne. The Lady Owls resume league play on Jan. 5 by visiting Bowne.

Delsol-Lowry, Holloway and Walker among Queens AA scoring leaders

Through eight games, Daniel Delsol-Lowry of Queens High School of Teaching is second in the league with 174 points (21.7 per game). That puts him behind High School of Construction’s Justin Wright-Foreman, who is averaging 27.1 points. Rounding out the top five scorers in Queens AA are Bayside’s Ryniek Holloway (20.5) Cardozo’s Aaron Walker (17.5) and Campus Magnet’s Jamel Kearney (16.6).

High School of Construction gets another double-digit non-league win

The Red Hawks are 12-1 overall and five of those wins have been non-league games. The latest victory was Dec. 27 when they faced Brooklyn Collegiate and had an 85-63 win. In five non-league games, Construction’s average margin of victory has been 24.8 points. The Red Hawks are back in action Jan. 6 when they visit Campus Magnet.

Campus Magnet on a three-game winning streak

Campus Magnet established a strong defensive tone by allowing six first-quarter points at Edison on Dec. 23 and wound up with an 84-57 victory. Junior Jamel Kearney had 23 points and is averaging 16.6 points in eight league games. The Bulldogs are 5-3 in Queens AA and resume league play Jan. 6 by hosting High School of Construction.



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Big week looming for Bayside

The Commodores are 4-1 so far and have won three straight games heading into their two toughest games of the season. After visiting High School of Construction on Dec. 16, Bayside is slated to host Cardozo on Dec. 18 and Queens High School of Teaching on Dec. 22. In their most recent win, a 51-50 victory over Beach Channel on Dec. 15, the Commodores had a big game from senior guard Ryniek Holloway, who scored 29 points, one shy of his season-best set against Flushing. Through Dec. 15, Holloway has scored at least 20 in four straight games.

Lewis girls win championship game rematch

The defending girls champions are 4-0 so far. They won their first three games by an average of 39.6 points and stayed undefeated with a 71-70 victory at South Shore on Dec. 12 in a rematch of last year’s city title game. Senior guard Cassidy Khan sank the game-winning foul shots with no time remaining in the fourth quarter and the Patriots rallied from a 10-point deficit. Dominique Williams scored 19, and Chi La Bady added 17 in a game that was tense throughout. Francis Lewis hosted August Martin on Dec. 15 and Truman on Dec. 17.

Cardozo stays unbeaten, but tough opponents on the horizon

Through their first five league games, the Judges have won by an average of 34.6 points and have four of the top 15 scorers in Queens AA: Aaron Walker, Ray Salnave, Tareq Coburn and Elijah McNeely. On Dec. 15, Armando Dunn had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-60 win over Queens High School of Teaching. The defending city champions faced Beach Channel on Dec. 16, will visit Bayside on Dec. 18 and will host High School of Construction on Dec. 22.

Christ the King makes national rankings

By getting off to a 4-0 start, the Royals have found themselves ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Top 25 poll. The latest win was a 71-52 victory at Xaverian on Dec. 14 as Jose Alvarado scored 18 points. Christ the King hosted Cardinal Hayes on Dec. 16 and will face Troy High School from upstate New York on Dec. 21.

Cornwall nearly tops 40 for Francis Lewis

Jaheam Cornwall has 121 points through five games, making him the second-leading scorer in Queens A West. He had another big game on Dec. 11 in a double-digit victory over Bryant when he scored 38 points while hitting six three-pointers. Cornwall and the 7-1 Patriots faced Forest Hills on Dec. 16 and will visit Lane on Dec. 18 in a non-league game.

Another big game for Ortiz but Forest Hills falls from ranks of unbeaten

Johnny Ortiz had another huge game with 26 points, but it was not enough for Forest Hills on Dec. 15 in a 56-51 home loss to Newtown. The Rangers trailed by 12 at halftime and fell to 4-1 in Queens A West. Forest Hills faced Francis Lewis on Dec. 16 and then has a week off before taking on John Bowne on Dec. 23.

Far Rockaway, Springfield Gardens atop Queens A East

On Dec. 22, one of these teams will have to lose as Far Rockaway visits Springfield Gardens. Through Dec. 15, both teams are unbeaten in league play. Far Rockaway’s Williams Overo has averaged 20 points while David Bastien has averaged 14.6 points. In a 92-44 win at Richmond Hill on Dec. 15, Overo had 26 and Bastien added 18. Daniel Kissoon and Joel Boyce have averaged 18.5 points for Springfield Gardens.

St. John’s men continues climb in Top 25

St. John’s followed up its win in Syracuse on Dec. 6 with double-digit victories over FDU on Dec. 10 and Fordham on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden. Senior D’Angelo Harrison earned Big East Player of the Week for averaging 24 points per game on 61.5 percent shooting while junior guard Rysheed Jordan averaged 16 points. The Red Storm return to action on Dec. 19 against St. Mary’s at Carnesecca Arena and will also face Long Beach State there on Dec. 22.

St. John’s women remain unbeaten and earn Top 25 ranking

The Red Storm are 9-0 after a 66-42 victory over NJIT on Dec. 14. St. John’s shot a season-high 54.5 percent as Aliyyah Handford scored 17 points. It was the 50th win for coach Joe Tartamella and the Red Storm notched the No. 25 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. St. John’s will host Auburn in the St. John’s Holiday Classic on Dec. 20 and will take on SMU or Indiana State on Dec. 21.



Queens basketball roundup

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Cardozo High School Judges begin title defense with two wins and big games from Walker

The Judges lost four starters from last year’s title team, but one of the newcomers Cardozo coach Ron Naclerio is counting on came up big in the season opening 84-40 win at Edison on Dec. 2. Molloy transfer student Aaron Walker had 24 points in the win, while guard Tareq Coburn added 21 and forward Armando Dunn had 12 rebounds. The Judges improved to 2-0 with a 97-48 win over Campus Magnet on Dec. 8 as Walker had 26 points and Ray Salnave added 19. Cardozo visited Van Buren on Dec. 9, and will host Flushing on Dec. 11 before traveling to the Queens High School of Teaching on Dec. 15.

Christ the King makes trip to Chicago a success

The two-time defending Federation champions headed to Chicago over the weekend and opened the season with an 87-56 win over St. Rita’s. Junior guard Rawle Alkins had a big day with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while Tyrone Cohen added 22. The Royals opened league play Dec. 9 at St. Francis Prep and will visit Brooklyn’s Xaverian on Dec. 14.

Wright-Foreman sets good foundation for High School of Construction

Guard Justin Wright-Foreman recently committed to Hofstra, where he began his senior season nicely by scoring a combined 95 points in victories over Campus Magnet, Edison and Beach Channel high schools. Wright-Foreman and the rest of the Redhawks visited Flushing on Dec. 9 and will face Van Buren on Dec. 11.

Magnet starts anew after legendary coach retires

Chuck Granby ended a 45-year coaching career, and the job at Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School was turned over to Jonathan Cooper. So far the Bulldogs are 1-2. They opened the season with an 80-68 loss to High School of Construction and won at Bayside before falling at Cardozo on Dec. 8. Jamel Kearney had 26 points in the season opener. Next up for Magnet is a visit from Beach Channel on Dec. 9, a trip to Queens High School of Teaching on Dec. 11 and a home game against Van Buren on Dec. 15.

Strong start by Ortiz boosts Forest Hills

Johnny Ortiz is averaging 25 points and Forest Hills is off to a 3-0 start after wins over Bryant on Dec. 2, Aviation on Dec. 4 and Queens Vocational on Dec. 8. The Rangers visited Cleveland on Dec. 9 and will visit Newtown on Dec. 15.

St. John’s ends drought in Syracuse

The Red Storm had not won in Syracuse since Jan 27, 1999. But on Dec. 6 they ended a nine-game losing streak in Syracuse with a 69-57 victory that earned them the No. 24 slot in this week’s AP poll. D’Angelo Harrison scored 24 points and the senior was named Big East Player of the Week. The 6-1 Red Storm hosted FDU on Dec. 10 and will face Fordham on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden.

St. John’s women’s team remains unbeaten

The St. John’s women are 7-0 after Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant combined for 42 points in a 55-52 victory at South Florida on Dec. 7. The Red Storm are 7-0 for the fifth time since 2004-05 and have home games with Central Florida on Dec. 11 and NJIT on Dec. 14.

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Forest Hills opened the season with close wins over Bryant and Aviation high schools on Dec. 2 and 4. In the win over Bryant, Johnny Ortiz scored 37 points. Ortiz also scored in the Rangers’ win over Queens Vocational on Dec. 8. Forest Hills continues its season by visiting Grover Cleveland on Dec. 9 and Newtown on Dec. 15. Jaheam Cornwall totaled 52 points for Francis Lewis in wins over Cleveland and Aviation. The Patriots faced Newtown on Dec. 8 and visited Queens Vocational on Dec 9 and Bryant on Dec. 11. John Bowne, which went undefeated last season, opened the season with a 53-36 win over Cleveland on Dec. 2 and a victory over Aviation on Dec. 8. The Wildcats visited Bryant on Dec. 9, and they will host Queens Vocational on Dec. 11 and visit Long Island City on Dec. 15. Long Island City opened by getting big games from Semir Munovic, who scored 22 in a 65-44 win over Newtown on Dec. 2 and 28 from William Sanchez in a 63-59 win over Bryant.

Queens A East

Far Rockaway has begun with two straight wins after getting a 69-33 win over Pathways on Dec. 1 and a 46-35 victory over Franklin K. Lane on Dec. 3. The Sea Horses hosted Jamaica on Dec. 10, will visit Hillcrest on Dec. 10, will visit Hillcrest on Dec. 12 and will host Richmond Hill on Dec. 17. John Adams also is 2-0 after getting a combined 50 from junior Keishawn Pierre in a 77-57 win over Richmond Hill on Dec. 1 and an 84-64 victory at Jamaica on Dec. 3. The Spartans visited Lane on Dec 10 and will host Springfield Gardens on Dec. 12 and Pathways on Dec. 15. Springfield Gardens has won the last three division championships and began the season with a 65-41 victory over Jamaica on Dec. 1 and a 74-44 victory over Pathways on Dec. 3. The Golden Eagles visited Richmond Hill on Dec. 10, will visit Adams on Dec. 12 and will host Lane on Dec. 15.


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Former Holy Cross standout ends football career at James Madison

In 2009, Dean Marlowe had a CHSFL-best QB rating of 111.23, rushed for 12 touchdowns and helped Holy Cross to the CHSFL quarterfinals. On Nov. 29, Marlowe ended his four seasons playing safety for James Madison in the FCS playoffs. Although it was a 26-21 loss to Liberty, Marlowe had two interceptions and was involved in 12 tackles. He had 10 interceptions and was involved in 312 tackles in 48 games for the Dukes. Marlowe could get an invite to the Senior Bowl or the East-West Shrine game and that could enhance his chances to play in the NFL.

Francis Lewis girls team begins defense of its first city championship

Francis Lewis was the first PSAL girls basketball champion other than Manhattan’s Bergtraum High School since 1997-98 when it beat South Shore High School. The Fresh Meadows school begins defense of its first championship by visiting Kennedy High School in the Bronx on Dec. 5. Francis Lewis lost one player from last year’s title team in Chelsea Robinson. The team’s three top guards, Sierra Green, Taliyah Brisco and Chi La Bady, are all juniors.

Queens Catholic schools begin basketball seasons

Christ the King is a two-time New York state federation champion and will open its season by taking a trip to Chicago where the team will face St. Rita in the Chicago Elite Classic at the University of Illinois Classic. Christ the King is led by junior guard Rawle Alkins, who is ranked among the top 30 players in the nation among the class of 2016 by many recruiting experts. Holy Cross opened its season on Dec. 2 against All Hallows of the Bronx and will face Long Island’s Holy Trinity on Dec. 5. Molloy will open its season on Dec. 5 by hosting Long Island’s St. Anthony’s.

Christ the King’s girls team will begin its season on Dec. 7 with a non-league game against Staten Island’s Moore Catholic. Coach Bob Mackey’s team lost in the Catholic League semifinals to Nazareth last season. Mary Louis will open its season at Spellman in the Bronx while Molloy will head to Huntington, Long Island, for a weekend tournament.

Former Holy Cross star helps Stanford upset UCLA

Devon Cajuste did not see much action in his first two seasons with Stanford, but as a junior and senior he has 58 catches, 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns as the Cardinals won 18 of 26 games. One of those TDs was a 37-yard reception in a 31-10 win over UCLA on Nov. 28. Cajuste had nine touchdowns in his senior season for Holy Cross in 2009 and was an all-state selection. He will have one more appearance in Stanford’s bowl game.

St. John’s men get a split at MSG against tougher opponents

The Red Storm stepped up to tougher opponents this week when they faced Minnesota and Gonzaga in the NIT season tip-off. St. John’s made it to the championship game of the 10-team tournament by getting a 71-61 win over Minnesota and then fell short with a 73-66 loss to Gonzaga in its first appearance in the title game since 1989 when the tournament was a 16-team single elimination event. D’Angelo Harrison had 19 points in the win over Minnesota and Phil Greene IV had 20 points in the loss to Gonzaga. The Red Storm were slated to host Niagara on Dec. 2 before visiting former Big East rival Syracuse on Dec. 6.

St. John’s women remain unbeaten with wins over in-state opponents

The St. John’s women’s basketball team is 5-0 after home wins over Binghamton and Wagner this weekend. That is their best start under coach Joe Tartamella, and the latest win was a 71-49 rout over Wagner. Guard Aliyyah Handford had 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, while forward Amber Thompson added 14 and 10 rebounds. St. John’s was slated to open Big East play on Dec. 3 against Xavier before visiting South Florida on Dec. 7.

Former St. John’s soccer star gets chance at MLS title for New England Revolution

Shalrie Joseph has suited up just one game this season for the Revolution due to injuries, but the midfielder’s team will get a chance to win their first MLS Cup on Dec. 7 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Joseph was on three teams that lost the title game in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Joseph was a two-time All-American at St. John’s and helped lead the team to the Final Four in 2001. He has scored 40 goals in 283 regular season games, mostly for New England.


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Commodores end season with playoff loss against FDR

Bayside fell one game short of reaching the championship game of the PSAL Varsity Bowl playoffs with a 32-20 loss to second-seeded FDR on Nov. 23 at Midwood High School. The Commodores finished the season with a 9-3 record and fell short in spite of two rushing touchdowns by senior Tyrell Plaza, who finished his career at the school with 30 touchdowns. Bayside has gone 29-14 over the last four seasons and loses 10 seniors.

St. John’s men head to MSG for tougher competition in NIT tip-off

St. John’s uses Madison Square Garden as its home court for many games, but this week, the arena will serve as a neutral site in the NIT season tip-off semifinals. St. John’s will face Big 10 foe Minnesota on Nov. 26 in the semifinals and will face No. 13 Gonzaga or Georgia. The Red Storm are 3-0 with wins over NJIT, Division II School Franklin Pierce and Long Island University.

St. John’s women faces in-state opposition

The St. John’s women’s basketball team has opened the season with an 11-point win at Yale and a 72-66 win over Florida in the home opener on Nov. 20. In the win over the Gators, Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Handford had big games with 26 and 27 points respectively. The Red Storm were scheduled to visit Marist on Nov. 24 and host Binghamton on Nov. 29.

Cardozo’s Salnave gets scholarship from Rutgers

Guard Rashond Salnave will begin his junior year Dec. 2 against Thomas Edison and has started getting notice. In March, he had scholarship offers from Manhattan College and Fordham University. After helping the Judges win their first city championship since 1999, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Miami (Fla.) were among the schools to extend him offers. On Nov. 23, Salnave tweeted that Rutgers had offered him a scholarship. Salnave averaged 18 points last season and hit the game-winning free throws in the PSAL AA title game against Thomas Jefferson.

Former Christ the King standout Calhoun begins college career at Duke

Sierra Calhoun averaged 24 points in her senior season with Christ the King and was a McDonald’s All-American before heading to Duke. Calhoun’s brother, Omar, plays for Connecticut. With the seventh-ranked Blue Devils, Calhoun has started three games and is averaging seven points per game. Calhoun’s two games this week are Nov. 25 against Buffalo and Nov. 28 against Stony Brook.

Queens native starts strong for Marist men’s basketball team

Chavaughn Lewis is from Jamaica and went to high school at St. Mary’s of Manhasset. In his senior year, he averaged 23.9 points and reached the state federation title. Then he took his talents to Marist and was named captain of the Red Foxes as a junior last season. So far, he has averaged 19.5 points in two games this season. This week, Lewis and the Red Foxes will play three games in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida.

Former Holy Cross star has big game in Israel

Sylven Landesberg averaged 29.8 points as a senior for Holy Cross in 2007-08, and since graduating the Francis Lewis Boulevard school, he has gone a long way from Queens to the University of Virginia and then to Israel. Playing time has been difficult to come by for Landesberg with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League, but on Nov. 22, he scored 22 points against Limoges CSP, his highest number of points with the team.

York College men’s basketball opens league play

York College opened play in the CUNYAC conference on Nov. 25 by visiting Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. York won the conference tournament last season and reached the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. So far York has lost in overtime to McDaniel College and beaten Penn State-Harrisburg. Omar St. John, formerly of Van Buren High School, leads the team by averaging 14.5 points per game.



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Commodores continue playoffs against FDR

Bayside High School is one game away from reaching the championship game of the PSAL Varsity Bowl playoffs and will face second-seeded FDR on Nov. 23 at noon at Midwood High School. The fourth-seeded Commodores opened the playoffs with a 26-6 victory over James Madison. Junior running back Marcus Watson had 111 yards while senior Tyrell Plaza rushed for two touchdowns and had eight tackles. One of Bayside’s two losses was a 16-6 defeat at FDR on Sept. 27.

St. John’s men looking for more complete performances as schedule gets tougher

Saying St. John’s 91-84 win over Division II school Franklin Pierce was uneven would be an understatement. The Red Storm improved to 2-0 on Nov. 17, but did so in a game where they trailed by seven at halftime and then began the second half with 21 straight points. D’Angelo Harrison had a career-high 31 points and 17 rebounds. The Red Storm faced Long Island University on Nov. 19 and will face Minnesota and, possibly, No. 13 Gonzaga in next week’s NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Former Holy Cross star helps Quinnipiac open season with victory

Evan Conti’s 1,120 points are the fifth highest in Holy Cross history. Since graduating from the school in 2011, he has taken his talents to Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. Conti began his senior season by totaling 13 points, six assists and six rebounds in an 88-85 double overtime thriller over Yale. Conti and his team faced La Salle on Nov. 18 and will visit Albany on Nov. 22.

St. John’s women’s basketball faces Florida in home opener

The St. John’s women’s basketball team opened its season by getting a career-high 30 points from Danejah Grant in a 61-50 win at Yale on Nov. 15. On Nov. 20, St. John’s opens its home schedule against Florida and will be facing the Gators for the second straight season. Last year, St. John’s fell behind by 18 at halftime in a 72-68 loss in Gainesville.

Former Red Storm forward Sampson could make pro debut at MSG

Jakarr Sampson averaged 12.8 points last season for St. John’s and decided to declare for the NBA draft. Although he was undrafted, he made the Philadelphia 76ers opening night roster. So far, Sampson is averaging 2.3 points and has appeared in nine games, although his playing time has been limited so far. The 76ers are winless (0-10) through Nov. 17 and will face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on the night of Nov. 22.

Queens College players make East Coast Conference honor roll

Queens College men’s basketball opened the season with an 83-77 loss to Goldey-Beacom in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 14. In the loss, senior guard Jeremiah Mordi had 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and was named to the East Coast Conference honor roll. Mordi, however, was 8-of-28 from the field as the Knights fell to 0-3 with double digit losses to University of the Sciences and Georgian Court. Queens will resume its schedule on Dec. 1 at Adelphi. The women’s team opened the season with a pair of close games, a 60-58 loss to St. Michaels and a 61-59 win over Franklin Pierce. Forward Madison Rowland had a double-double in the win and was named to the East Coast Conference honor roll. The Lady Knights continue play on Nov. 19 at Dominican College.

Holy Cross begins hockey season

Holy Cross will begin its hockey season on Nov. 23 in Brooklyn against St. Joseph’s of Staten Island. In their first year competing in the Catholic League’s A Division, the Knights finished fourth in the Catholic League’s A Division at 9-4-2 and then lost their first round best-of-three series to Msgr. Farrell of Staten Island. Holy Cross won both meetings with St. Joseph’s by a combined 10-1 margin.

Boxing comes to Queens

Though the main event in boxing is Long Island native Chris Algieri’s challenge of Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title on Nov. 22 in Macau China, fight fans can get their fix on Nov. 21 at International Fight Night at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica. On the nine-fight card run by New Legend Boxing, there are three fighters with connections to Queens. Allan Phelan of Astoria by way of County Kildare in Ireland will fight in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Featherweight Jose Miguel De La Rosa, a Dominican Republic native living in Queens and Jamaica middleweight Devaun Lee will have four-round fights.


Do College Athletes Deserve a Piece of the Pie?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Do you remember Reggie Bush taking college football by storm? His track star speed and Barry Sanders-like elusiveness earning him the 2005 Heisman Trophy and leading USC to the 2004 National Championship? Wrong, that never happened. Or what about when the “Fab Five” was changing the game of college basketball forever during back to back Final Four trips? Nope, they never existed.

You can check the record books, these accomplishments have been wiped clean. Not because of any unfair advantage gained from drugs or cheating, but because of money.

Collegiate athletics is built upon the foundation of amateurism. Athletes receive a scholarship in exchange for their play on the field or court, and a scholarship only.

In 2010, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) brought in more than $1 billion. Last year, CBS and TBS signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal for the television rights to the NCAA tournament. Men’s college football and basketball combined generate more than the NBA does in annual revenue. These obscene amounts of money are only going to increase.

Where do the athletes fit into this cash cow? Nowhere.

“If we move toward a pay-for-play model — if we were to convert our student athletes to employees of the university — that would be the death of college athletics,” NCAA president Mark Emmert told the New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

This argument, or similar ones, are often bandied about that paying players would sully the image of the student-athlete. The fact that dozens of universities have aided their “student-athletes” achieve grades deceitfully, has already soiled that notion.

William C. Rhoden wrote a book entitled “40 Million Dollar Slaves” marrying present-day professional black athletes’ plight to that of a plantation. And they’re being paid. Slavery analogies can be dangerous. College athletes are obviously not slaves. Author Tyler Branch put it as colonialism, and that may be the more apt term.

Using that analogy, the NCAA is England and college athletes are the 13 colonies. Sure, colonists had rights, but ultimately they answered to England. If they were upset over a new law or tax, they had no recourse because they were not represented at all. England was acting in its own best interests and building a fortune on the backs of colonists who had no choice but to follow. That is until they revolted.

A revolution is taking foot against the NCAA. There is the lawsuit, O’Bannon v. NCAA, filed in 2009 by former college basketball star Ed O’Bannon taking issue with his and other athletes likeness’ being used after their playing days for profit in the sale of DVDs, apparel, video games, etc. Fans and the media are also more than ever realizing the discrepancy between the money college athletics pulls in versus the athletes’ compensation.

And that’s to say nothing between the disparity between scholarships and the actual cost of attending college. The average scholarship fell $3,222 short of providing athletes with the money it costs to attend college, including expenses such as clothing, trips home, etc., during the 2010-11 school year, according to the National College Players Association, an advocacy group for college athletes. Many scholarship athletes come from the inner city or impoverished areas, but the NCAA makes no allowance for poverty. Going on a date, heading to a movie or any of the other activities central to a college student’s life may be impossible for the 85 percent of scholarship athletes that are living below the poverty line, according to the NCPA.

But I’m sure an organization as large as the NCAA that deals with teenagers away from home for the first time would use common sense in their judgments. Well…as former Utah Utes head coach Rick Majerus found out, not quite.

Back in 2003, the coach landed in hot water after it was discovered Majerus had too many “impermissible meals” with his players. This is what the NCAA found to be “impermissible.” A meal bought for then Ute Keith Van Horn as Majerus waited with him for a plane to take him back home the night Van Horn’s father passed away.

Another time, Majerus took a player upset over his brother’s recent suicide to breakfast. The 20 violations came out to approximately $10 per student. These are violations to the NCAA.

OK, so your coach can’t buy you anything, even if it is a consoling sandwich after a death in the family. Athletes should find another way to make money. With school and the team taking up most of the time, a job isn’t much of an option. Maybe selling your conference championship ring or one of your — YOUR — game jerseys. Well, that too is a big mistake.

In 2010, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green was suspended for the first four games of the season after admitting to selling one of his jerseys to help finance a spring break trip. This amounted to a violation of his amateur status. The NCAA has a very fine line between what constitutes an amateur and professional. There is nothing more college than pawning items to fund spring break. While he was on the sidelines, his jersey continued to be sold in the team store, profiting the university.

Following this, was the well-publicized incident of autographs for tattoos at Ohio State. Some Buckeyes received free or discounted tattoos from a nearby parlor in exchange for autographs and memorabilia. Signing their name ended up costing them five games.

Fine, at least you have a scholarship to provide you with the very basics you need to expand your mind in the classroom. Well, again, not quite.

The NCAA put the University of Nebraska on probation recently for helping their athletes be students. The school was reprimanded by the NCAA for major violations after it was found that oddly enough, the organization that insists on calling college football players student-athletes forbids them from getting anything except the required books for their classes. Anything more, recommended books included, is against the rules.

So for an organization as strict as the NCAA, you would think this paying of athletes is a relatively new phenomenon. If you think the paying of athletes is not integrally woven into the fabric of college sports, think again.

“The recruiting of American college athletes, be it active or passive, professional or non-professional, has reached the proportions of nationwide commerce. In spite of the efforts of not a few teachers and principals who have comprehended its dangers, its effect upon the character of the schoolboy has been profoundly deleterious. Its influence upon the nature and quality of American higher education has been no less noxious. The element that demoralizes is the subsidy, the monetary or material advantage that is used to attract the schoolboy athlete.”

This passage was written in a 1929 report from the Carnegie Foundation entitled “American College Athletics.” The report goes on, “In an extreme case of subsidizing, alumni and business men made contributions ranging from $10 to nearly $1,000 annually to a fund aggregating from $25,000 to $50,000 a year. From this the college expenses of all football players were paid and additional sums, termed “pay checks,” were disbursed to leading performers.”

The game was seemingly built on the back of paying players. These are the times many people will point to as the good old days, when players played for pride.

It is not too far from the argument many critics had of the Olympics allowing professionals to participate.

Let’s see how turning its back on “amateurism” ruined fans’ love of the Olympics. When the games began to allow professional to play, how did that turn out. Just, with probably the most famous basketball team of all time, the Dream Team.

In collegiate athletics, people are rooting for the schools, not amateur play. The passion of the players would remain the same.

Also, there is the fact that many big time athletes are already being paid under the table and have been for as long as there have been tables. This “illegal” pay hasn’t ruined the sports, but make it official and the sport is destroyed?

Tyler Branch wrote in The Atlantic, “The tragedy at the heart of college sports is not that some college athletes are getting paid, but that more of them are not.”

What would this college pay look like? That is a question most often asked when the topic is broached.

The Times’ Nocera, lays out a plan that seems sensible for all sides: install a salary cap, he sets it at a reasonable $3 million for the football teams and $650,000 for basketball. Set the salary minimum at $25,000 per athlete. He would also reduce the number of scholarship football players to 60. These totals would mean each football team would spend $1.5 million on minimum salaries, and have the rest to attract top recruits. Basketball teams would use $325,000 on minimum salaries, and another $325,000 to use on stars.

Why would only football and basketball players be paid? Because they are the ones that bring in the money. If another sport also becomes a license to print money, then by all means add them to the list.

There is also the point that because of restrictions put into place by the NBA and NFL these students really have no other choice but to attend college. They are not allowed entrance into the professional leagues straight out of high school.

Would paying college athletes widen the gap between the haves and have nots? Does Alcorn State have a chance against Florida at the Swamp, right now? How about Stony Book against Duke?

There is another push for athletes to be paid, not from colleges, but from outside companies making money off them. The athletes would not be paid for their play directly, so they could remain “amateurs,” the Nikes, Reeboks and Under Armors of the world could compensate them for endorsement opportunities.

This is to say nothing of the profiteering the NCAA takes part in off former athletes. Even after athletes graduate and move onto the pros or other careers — only 50 of 5,500 Division I men’s basketball players went to the NBA last year — the NCAA is still making money off them.

On the Student-Athlete Statement that every athlete must sign to validate their scholarship, there is a passage that authorizes the NCAA to use player’s names and images.

O’Bannon, who is named on the lawsuit on behalf of many other former college athletes, is trying to tackle this issue.

The lawsuit reads that the NCAA’s use of their likeness deprives former players of their “right of publicity.” Bill Russell joined the lawsuit in 2011 after his likeness was used in the “Tournament of Legends” on EA Sports’ NCAA college basketball game.

NFL players made more than $35 million in royalties last year from EA Sports. Current and former college athletes made nothing.

The complaint alleges that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by denying former players compensation for the use of the “likeness.”

Get a four-year scholarship, make money for the NCAA into perpetuity.

It will likely be many years before a decision is made. While a victory for the plaintiffs is most likely a multi-million dollar settlement, more importantly would be the everlasting change in the relationship between athlete and university.

Ok, now about the BCS…