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St. John’s falls to #11 Georgetown at MSG

| brennison@queenscourier.com

After jumping out to an early 13-5 lead, St. John’s struggled to find an offensive groove and fell to the 11th ranked Georgetown Hoyas 69-49.

The Johnnies (8-9, 2-4 Big East) scored just six points over the last 12 minutes of the first half after their quick start allowing the Hoyas a chance to get take a lead they never relinquished.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half – each squad shot under 35 percent. The Johnnies shooting troubles continued in the second half – the team shot 8-27 after hitting only 9-27 shots in the first half.

Shooting has been an issue all year for St. John’s – they came into the game second to last in the conference in field goal percentage and dead last in 3-point field goal percentage.

The length of the Hoyas did not make the Johnnies shooting struggles any easier. Georgetown played six guys over 6-foot-8-inches tall; many times having four on the court at the same time.

“They were really long,” said Moe Harkless. “I think we didn’t do a great job of attacking their zone.”

Georgetown (14-3, 4-2) discovered their shooting stroke at half time, led by Hollis Thompson who made all seven of his shots in the second half, including five three pointers, after missing all six of his shots over the game’s first 20 minutes.

Twice in the second half the Johnnies were able to climb to within three, but each time saw the Hoyas immediately answer with a sustained run. After St. John’s made it 28-25, Georgetown scored nine straight points to stretch their lead to a dozen. The Red Storm were again within one possession of tying the game with 6:36 remaining in the game before Georgetown closed the game on a 21-4 run.

A majority of the Red Storm offense came from the Queens native Harkless. The freshman had nine of the team’s 17 field goals while scoring 21 points.

The team managed just one field goal over the last 5:15 following Harkless picking up his fifth and final foul.

Reigning Big East Rookie of the Week D’Angelo Harrison suffered through the worst game of his college career scoring only five points on 1-12 shooting and committing several key turnovers on fast breaks.

“I have to do a better job of slowing down and finding the open guy,” Harrison said after the game. “Like coach says find the path that’s open, not the one you want.”

The 19 points the Johnnies scored in the first half was their lowest scoring half of the season. The game also marked the first time St. John’s was held under 50 points. The Red Storm have lost all seven games played this year against ranked opponents after beating six last year.

St. John’s now travels to South Florida (10-8, 3-2) to face the Bulls on Wednesday, January 18.

Sports lovers cry foul after MSG blackout

| brennison@queenscourier.com

If a game is played and no one is able to watch it, did it really happen?

More than one million sports fans have faced off with this problem after MSG was dropped from the Time Warner Cable lineup on January 1.

The sports network and Time Warner are more than two weeks into their standoff leaving Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Devils fans in the lurch.

The dispute is over licensing fees that cable companies pay networks in order to carry their channel.  MSG wants more than Time Warner is offering and Time Warner is not willing to pay what MSG is asking.

Time Warner’s senior vice president, Mike Angus, said the two companies reached a deal last year that was agreed to by both sides — but claimed MSG reneged on the deal.

The network said that Time Warner rejected every offer made over two years — never having a deal in place.

While talks have broken off, Time Warner spokesperson Eric Mangan said the company is waiting for MSG to come back to the negotiating table.

“It’s all propaganda. Obviously in commercials Time Warner and MSG are going to say the opposite of each other. Is it really a 53 percent increase, is it not? Who knows? It’s all slanted one way or another,” said Queens resident Steven Cohen, referring to Time Warner’s claim that MSG asked for a 53 percent increase in their licensing fee.

The cable company called MSG’s demands way out of line.  “We are looking out for the interests of out customers,” a spokesperson said.

“All we have asked is for Time Warner Cable to value our programming in the same way as other TV providers — nothing more, nothing less,” MSG Media President Michael Bair said.

MSG is owned by Madison Square Garden, Inc. which is chaired by Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan.

The city’s comptroller called a foul on Time Warner for blacking out city sports fans.

“As this dispute continues, 1.3 million city residents are left without the programming they paid for,” Comptroller John Liu said.  “The least they could get is a break on their cable bill.”

Liu sent a letter to Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, urging the company to rebate $5.95 — the price of the Time Warner Cable Sports Pass.

“I pay all that money for cable so I could watch the Knicks, and now they say I can’t,” said Knicks fan Chris Lerner as he waited for the LIRR in Bayside.  “Going to games isn’t an option because tickets are through the roof. How much money does MSG need?”

“Customers are understandably frustrated that they are forced to pay for channels they do not receive, particularly when many customers do not have access to another cable television provider,” Liu wrote in the letter.

Colgate Games continue

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Colgate Women’s Games

The exciting days of track and field continue at the preliminaries leading up to the 38th Annual Colgate Women’s Games Finals, the finale of the nation’s largest amateur track series for girls and young women. The Games has long served as a fostering environment for young athletic talent, having produced hundreds of national age/grade division champions and more than 20 Olympians.

Preliminaries continue until the finals on January 21 at Madison Square Garden.

Preliminary and Finals Schedule:

Elementary A & B Divisions
A- 1st through 3rd Grades
B – 4th through 5th Grades
Sunday, January 15, 2012– 9 a.m.

Middle School Division
6th through 8th Grades
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 9 a.m. High School Division

9th through 12th Grades
Friday, January 13, 2012 – 5 p.m.

College Division
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 9 a.m. 30’s Plus

Semi Finals – All Divisions
Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Shot Put – Finals
Mid-School, High School, College/Open/30’s Plus
Date to be determined – 4 p.m.
Shot put finals are held at Pratt Institute during the week prior to the MSG finals.
Announcements will be made during the semifinals, or check web site for details.

Finals at Madison Square Garden
The finals (except shot put) of the Colgate Women’s Games will be held in
Madison Square Garden, Saturday, January 28th, 2012 – 10 a.m.
Athletes should arrive at Madison Square Garden at 8 a.m.
Tickets to the Madison Square Garden Finals will be available in January, 2012.

Registration open for Golden Gloves

| smosco@queenscourier.com

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The crown jewel for boxing aficionados, the Daily News Golden Gloves, is increasing its reach and accepting jabs from a wider population.

For the first time in Golden Gloves history, the tournament will be open to all entries from the state of New York when registration opens for 2012.

“After 85 years of world-class competition, it’s about time that we expand the reach of the Daily News Golden Gloves to include all of New York,” said Gloves director Brian Adams. “As the oldest and largest boxing tournaments in the world, we want to set a positive example for the youth of New York state, not just those representing the metropolitan area. It’s a chance to follow in the footsteps of the many boxing greats that got their start in the Daily News Golden Gloves.”

In previous years, the tournament was only open to city and Long Island residents — but now, every amateur boxer in the state will get a chance to fight for the state’s greatest amateur prize on the grand Madison Square Garden stage.

“We’re opening the door to upstate which is a good thing,” Chief of Officials Mike Rosario said. “It’s the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. What else can you say?”

The deadline for registration is December 31. To become a part of New York boxing history this January, participants are encouraged to sign up for the Daily News Golden Gloves as soon as possible. The easiest and quickest way to enter is through the Gloves web site at www.nydailynews.com/goldengloves. Forms can also be found in the Daily News.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/23/2011: Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned

| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Hit-and-run on Bell Boulevard in Bayside

According to people on the scene, two pedestrians were hit by a car that then allegedly fled at 38th Avenue and Bell Boulevard around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. One of the victims allegedly worked in the area. Read More: Queens Courier


Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned
Two Queens students were being probed Tuesday by Long Island investigators looking into an SAT/ACT cheating ring that involved more than a dozen students out on the island, sources said. Attorney Matin Emouna, who also represents one of the Nassau County numbskulls, said no money was exchanged between the city students, one of whom took the college board test while posing as the other. Read More: Daily News


No Lavin, no problem for SJU vs. St. Francis

Playing without Steve Lavin, who missed his second game of the season as he continues to recuperate from prostate cancer surgery, the Red Storm nevertheless had little trouble with St. Francis (NY), winning 63-48 to snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 4-2. Read More: ESPN


New York Senator Malcolm A. Smith launches own Occupy NBA movement to get lockout settled

With local businesses losing money and neither side in the NBA lockout willing to negotiate, one city official is planning to follow the philosophy of the downtown protesters and occupy the NBA. As a prelude to what state Sen. Malcolm A. Smith calls a “national movement,” the Queens Democrat will lead a group of restaurant owners, season-ticket holders and disgruntled basketball fans in demanding refunds and gathering signatures on a giant petition Wednesday in front of Madison Square Garden. Read More: Daily News


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Dan Hendrick To Wed

The Daily News reports that Hendrick, communications director for the New York League of Conservation Voters, recently popped the question over dinner. The nuptials, slated for next summer, are likely to make Van Bramer “the first openly gay elected official in Queens history to be married,” the site said, as well as one of the first in the state to wed since New York State legalized same-sex marriages. Read More: Daily News


Public Bus Service Comes To Arverne By The Sea

The MTA is adding additional bus service to and from Arverne By The Sea in the Rockaways section of Queens, so that the neighborhood’s growing population can have access to the borough’s major shopping areas. Read More: NY1

Sting Shows 34 Queens Stores Allegedly Sold Alcohol To Minors

An undercover investigation joint investigation by the State Liquor Authority and NYPD last week found 34 grocery and liquor stores sold alcohol to underage decoys. For a full list of offending stores in the borough, visit sla.ny.gov. Read More: NY1

Jackson Heights Plaza A Hard Sell For Some Business Owners

A pedestrian plaza that was recently constructed in Jackson Heights has some business owners up in arms, despite it having the support of local elected officials and the community board. Read More: NY1


For love of the game

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



Deep in the basement of the Queens College Student Union, nestled comfortably in his rotating chair, Alex Garrett gently spins from side to side, talking to the microphone inches from his face like it was someone he’s known for years.

Two floors up and what feels like miles away, it’s pouring outside. The world could be falling into ruin and Garrett wouldn’t care. He’s in the zone. He’s on the air.

“This is WQMC Radio and welcome to the Alex Garrett Sports Hour!” he says, sporting a grin as wide as Wyoming. “Tonight we’re going to discuss the World Series, along with some Jets and Giants football, the NBA lockout situation and some hockey too.”

For the next hour, Garrett, 20, is in his element – in a state of constant one-way chatter, his eyes panning back and forth between the microphone and ESPN.com, his mouth never missing a beat. It isn’t until the show is over and Garrett slides off his chair that you notice anything different about him. Then he stands up on one leg.

Garrett suffers from VATER Association, a series of connected birth defects that affects multiple organ systems. While it can present itself in a variety of ways, VATER is responsible for limb defects in 70 percent of recorded cases, including Garrett’s, who’s missing his left leg because of the disorder and uses forearm crutches and a roller blade to get around.

“There are people who sit around, do nothing and then say, ‘Oh, well, I’m disabled, what can I do?’ I’m not like that at all,” said Garrett. “I see myself as more able than disabled. And that’s how I was raised.”

Born at only four pounds, nine ounces, Garrett was hospitalized for 77 days before being sent home. Over that time, doctors performed multiple surgeries to counter his birth defects.

“That was terrifying,” said Laurie Sue Brockway, his mother. “But from the moment he was born, because of everything he went through, we always thought, ‘Alex is here for a reason.’”

Hired by the Queens College athletic department in the spring of 2010, Garrett does the public address – and occasionally play-by-play – announcing for school volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball and softball games. A fan of all sports, he enjoys working closely with the athletes and being able to contribute to what they are doing on the field.

“I love working here, love being involved on campus,” Garrett said. “When I’m announcing, I feel like I’m part of the team.”

Off the job, Garrett dances in his dorm room, almost always takes the stairs and has even taken batting practice with the QC softball team (there are pictures on Facebook to prove it).

His dance moves have become almost a thing of campus folklore. When the mood strikes, Garrett will pull off his signature move, balancing himself on his crutches and swinging his lower body between them like a pendulum.

“I am amazed that he has so much enthusiasm and will for everything he does, no matter his handicap,” said Jovana Pavlovic, a senior on the women’s volleyball team, whose games Garrett has been announcing for two years.

Garrett’s heart lies in sports and broadcasting, his oldest, truest passions, and he can really chew a listener’s ear off on the subject. He likes to say that he can talk to anybody, whether it’s after class on campus or after a Yankees game on the subway.

“I’ll ask the guy next to me what he thought of the game today,” Garrett said. “I get these people talking to me, and I think that’s what a good reporter does.”

A passionate baseball fan, Garrett has aspired to being a broadcaster ever since 2006, when during a stuffy, ay game in June at Yankee Stadium, he ran into and introduced himself to Bob Wolff, the legendary broadcaster and longtime voice of all things Madison Square Garden.

Garrett, a ninth grader at the time, struck up a conversation telling Wolff of his interest in broadcasting. Wolff gave Garrett his phone number and told him to call him if he ever wanted announcing tips.

“The more I spoke to him the more I admired his tenacity,” said Wolff. “He really impressed me how hard he worked to accomplish his goals. He had the ability to do it, had the desire to do it, had all the qualities that one needs to be a sportscaster. I became a rooter of his right away.”

During their sessions together, Wolff used his 60-plus years of broadcasting experience to mentor Garrett. The two worked on techniques such as pace, pronunciation of words and diction and excitement levels during big plays.

Garrett sees the work he does at Queens as needed training for what he will face in the media industry after college. Currently an upper sophomore, he plans to be working for the athletic department and at the radio station for at least four more semesters.

“College should be a launching pad for your success, and thats how I see Queens,” he said. “This is a launch pad for me to do something bigger.”

After he’s done with school, Garrett plans to take his broadcasting talent to what he calls the next level, doing “something big” in the field.

“In this business, not a lot of people get a chance,” said Wolff. “You make a chance for yourself by the work you do, by being at the right place at the right time and getting to know some people who will help you along the way. Alex has done all the requirements.”

Like his mentor, Garrett is confident in his ability to succeed in broadcasting after life at Queens.

“As long as I get my foot in the door – no pun intended – it will all work out,” he said.