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August, 2015

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Opener will give glimpse of future for Lincoln, Erasmus

We will learn plenty a week from now in Coney Island. Comment.
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Novagratz stepping back into the spotlight

Wolfgang Novogratz’s first year in California wasn’t all sunshine, but the former Poly Prep hoops standout is on the other side of the clouds as he gets set for his senior season. Comments (1).
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Malignaggi wanted nothing but best to the end

There was not more magic left for Paulie Malignaggi. Comment.

July, 2015

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Former Ford star set to put hoops career back on track

Chaz Williams is ready to move past a forgettable start to his professional basketball career. Comment.
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Ponds can be best in the city

New York City is there for the taking. It’s up to Thomas Jefferson’s Shamorie Ponds to grab it and claim it as his. Comment.
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Stars align for Betances with Yanks

Coach Melvin Martinez certainly isn’t surprised by former player Dellin Betances’s success with the New York Yankees. Comment.
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Catholic league left Alkins no choice

The city’s best boys’ basketball player is leaving — and he couldn’t be more right in doing so. Comments (1).
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Family inspired Fort Hamilton’s Papadakos to excell in flag football

Football was in Maria Papadakos’s blood long before she became Fort Hamilton’s flag football quarterback. Comment.

June, 2015

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Parker putting college snubs behind him

Chris Parker gets why people want him to use the Empire State Challenge all-star football game as a way to show colleges exactly what they passed up on. Comment.
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Tougher task awaits Malignaggi in new return bout

Paulie Malignaggi’s long-awaited return to the ring just got a whole lot more interesting. Comment.
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Changes needed to Catholic baseball playoffs

The Catholic baseball playoffs need a new format. Comment.
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Madison semis loss a step forward in softball title quest

It was not the ending to the season James Madison wanted. Comment.

May, 2015

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Public missed chance to suggest PSAL improvments

People complain in the background all the time about the workings of the Public School Athletic League, from parents to coaches to referees. Those people missed a rare chance to say it right to the PSAL’s top executives last week. Comment.

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Loss of city title doesn’t deminish Eagle, Brooklyn Tech seasons

The Eagle Academy II boys’ lacrosse team and Brooklyn Tech girls’ squad didn’t get to feel the joy of ending their historic seasons with city titles. But that should not take away from what the teams did accomplish this year. Comment.
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PSAL gets failing grade for Dick’s debacle

The Public Schools Athletic League failed at its only job — to act in the best interest of its kids. Comment.
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Midwood supporting Antoine with heart to be proud of

A debilitating stroke has kept Erica Antoine from playing a single game during her senior girl’s lacrosse season at Midwood, but she is present at every one. Comment.

April, 2015

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Imperfect script ensures more big moments for Storz

Ace Nick Storz and Poly Prep had to sacrifice the chance for one special moment for a potential season full of them. Comment.
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All-star games were about more than hoops for Fraser

Brianna Fraser wanted to take advantage of every last opportunity to play basketball as a high school baller before starting her collegiate career at Maryland. Comment.
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Spring sports come with plenty to watch for in Brooklyn

Basketball season is finally in our review mirror after the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center on Friday, and the weather appears to warming up. That means spring is finally here, and with it another baseball and softball season. Comment.
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Flatbush’s Mullin to use St. John’s past to shape its future

A Lord of Flatbush is hoping to be King of Queens again. Comment.
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A series of wrong turns in Albany

A word of advice: you may want to get a ride from someone other than me in Albany. Comment.

March, 2015

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Terriers seniors leave lasting mark in March Madness

This should ease the pain of not reaching its first-ever NCAA tournament as many expected for St. Francis College this year. Comment.
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Spotlight bright on historic PSAL girls’ hoops final

A Brooklyn boys’ basketball team will not compete for a Public School Athletic League Class AA city title for the first time since 1999, shifting the borough’s spotlight to intriguing and historic girls’ final. Comment.
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Fame not changing hard-working Hardy

Heather “The Heat” Hardy’s still isn’t accustomed to her rising fame. Comment.

February, 2015

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Hall of Famer Mullin remains willing to give back

The induction of Chris Mullin into the St. John’s University Athletics Hall of Fame was about celebrating much more than what he accomplished on court. Comment.
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St. Francis scripting season to remember

NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone, but the best game in Brooklyn hasn’t left — and I am not talking about the Nets. Comment.
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Brooklyn guide to public school hoops playoffs

The Public School Athletic League’s basketball postseason is on the horizon and Brooklyn will be a major player on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Comment.
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Terriers’ Jones willed his way into program lore

Brent Jones is finally in total control of his game — and his team’s destiny. Comment.

January, 2015

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Freshmen duo big reason for Lincoln’s success

There were concerns about Abraham Lincoln when the season started. How would a new coach and the first roster in nearly a decade without a highly ranked college recruit fare after losing so much star power? Comment.
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Change for Nets should go beyond owner’s box

The Nets need to move on. Comment.
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Lopsided loss to LuHi is teachable moment for Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wants to climb to the top of the Public School Athletic League. To do so, it needs to use its defeat by Long Island Lutheran, one of the state’s best programs, as a moment for growth. Comment.
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Young Loughlin still has growing to do

Bishop Loughlin coach Chez Williams constantly reminds people how young and inexperienced his team is despite its early season success. Comment.

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