November, 2012

Middle Village

Don’t stop believing

When epic superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on many communities here, folks barely knew what hit them. With the upcoming election the primary topic of conversation, nobody imagined that in a New York minute a 1,000-mile wide hybrid would change the very fabric of their lives — decimating almost everything in its path. Comments (1)

September, 2012


L.I. man pleads guilty to Mets game interference

FLUSHING — A man from Massapequa, L.I., pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event after running onto Citi Field in June after New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw a no-hitter, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Bayside Little League wins title

The Bayside Little League Boys of Summer team won the Rosenbluth Championship last week, closing out a strong summer on a high note. Comment

August, 2012


Bayside Yankees head to New Mexico championships

The Bayside Yankees senior scout team charged the mound with excitement earlier this month after clinching a spot as one of 10 teams nationwide going to the 2012 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. Comment

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July, 2012


Bayside American Martyrs baseball wins title

The American Martyrs Catholic Church of Bayside’s CYO baseball team won the Queens championship last month, redeeming themselves of a winless 0-12 season just two years ago. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

2013 Glen Oaks Little League seeks players

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 21, if still enrolled in high school, to play baseball. Comment

Whitestone native honored as heroic Mets outfielder

When the New York Mets take the field at their home ballpark, no player is more at home than outfielder Mike Baxter. Comments (1)

Dozo’s Doyle makes Post’s city first team

It took 17 years, with plenty of near-misses, but Grand Street Campus finally broke through under Coach Melvin Martinez. Comments (5)

Bayside Little League team inch closer to World Series

It was a big win for these Little Leaguers. Comment
Glen Oaks

Special needs Little League to continue next year

The Glen Oaks Little League Challenger Division for Special Needs Children is gearing up for another spring season next year for children with physical and mental challenges. Comment

Dozo’s Doyle tops Queens ballplayers

Queens had one of its best baseball years in a long time. Comments (6)

June, 2012


Close contest crowns Cardinals baseball champions

They are the champions. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s best power hitter picked by Padres in draft

What a week it has been for the St. John’s baseball team. Comment

The Hero from Whitestone

When the New York Mets announced last fall that they would not be resigning popular shortstop Jose Reyes, fans entered a state of depression. Even in a mediocre season — and last season was less than that — watching Reyes was worth the price of admission. Comments (26)
Long Island City

Vocational ace kept cool but team failed to deliver

Daniel Corona knew despite the high stakes nothing was different in this game than the rest of the season. Comment
Middle Village

Calhoun advances in Rose

Sierra Calhoun treated it like any other game, but knew there was a little something extra to this one. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball ends bid at Arizona

Sean Hagan had himself a strong beginning to the biggest start of his career and St. John’s walked off the field after a scoreless top of the first inning. Comment
Flushing Times

Stanners eliminate defending champion Xaverian

Greg Boyle would have been a candidate to pitch in last year’s playoffs with Archbishop Molloy facing elimination. There was just one problem: He was on the bench recovering from knee surgery that left him on crutches for two months. Comment

Funnyman Maher buys minority share in Mets

Comedian Bill Maher said he was glad to have saved some pennies when he read in The New York Times that his childhood favorite baseball club was selling minority shares. Comment
South Ozone Park

DeLeon delivers wallop, boosts Adams to top seed

In late March, Glenn Beyer was with everyone else who considered William Bryant the favorite in Queens A West baseball. He figured his John Adams team was No. 3 in Queens, behind Bryant and Cardozo in Queens A East. Comment

May, 2012


Bryant ends Lehman win streak in playoff opening

Rocco Rotondi’s preseason message was forget the past. He kept that motto after a subpar regular season. Comment

Franny Lew ace gets chance

Jonathan Bobea has major-league scouts tracking him, Division I schools vying for his services. Comment

MLB picks Mets to host 2013 All-Star Game

The New York Mets aside, Citi Field is finally guaranteed to host a team of all-stars next year. Comment
East Elmhurst

Spellman exchanges words with commish

A bitter feud between Cardinal Spellman and CHSAA baseball Commissioner Wally Stampfel has reverberated throughout the league and has directly contributed to postponing two playoff games initially scheduled for Sunday. Comment

Queens facility takes you out to ball game

Without looking, the sounds of Bayside’s Batting and Pitching Academy resembled any other ball field amid the early spring season frenzy. The cracking of aluminum bats seemingly dominated the room only to be met with the encouraging yells of a Little League coach. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep boys rake up win over strong Xaverian ball club

St. Francis Prep players have spent more time wielding rakes and shovels in the last two weeks than bats and gloves. With all the rain, attempting to play games at the Terriers’ grass field at Cunningham Park has been dicey. Three games last week alone were postponed. Comment

Mets to host first All-Star Game since ‘64

The Mets ballplayers aside, Citi Field is finally guaranteed to host a team of all-stars next year. Comment

Rosedale Little League prepares for season

The Rosedale Little League is gearing up for baseball to begin. Comment
Queens Village

HBQVB in full swing

The Hollis Bellaire Queens Village Bellerose Athletic Association kicked off its season with a parade recently. Comments (1)

Knights winless in Bridgeport

The Queens College baseball team dropped a pair of East Coast Conference games Sunday afternoon at West Haven High School to host University of Bridgeport 12-2 and 2-0. Comment

Dozo drops a depth charge

Adrian Castano was on the bench, nursing a pulled muscle. Connor Doyle was in the lineup, but was quiet for a change. Comments (8)

Play Ball!

In every corner of Queens, there is no rite of spring more wonderful than the Opening Day of Little League. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Little League kicks off season with parade

Dozens of children marched in the annual Glen Oaks Little League parade. Comment

April, 2012

Forest Hills

Forest Hills Little League opens for yet another season

For more than half a century, parents and their little sluggers have anxiously awaited the beginning of the Forest Hills Little League season, and on Saturday the ceremonial Opening Day did not disappoint them. Comment

Little League parade kicks off new season

Bayside Little Leaguers as young as 5 kicked off their season Saturday with the annual parade down Bell Boulevard, but for team managers and coaches, the competition had begun long before. Comment
College Point

Miniature sluggers kick off Little League in College Pt.

College Point kicked off its Little League season Saturday, and the pint-sized sluggers who marched down the neighborhood’s main drag had high hopes for the season. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s shortstop is player of the week

After batting a team-best .526 (10-for-19) to help lead St. John’s in a 3-2 week that included a series win against Connecticut, senior shortstop Matt Wessinger has been selected as the Big East Player of the Week. Comment
South Ozone Park

Adams prodigy gets 15 Ks against LIC

Anderson DeLeon is only a sophomore, but the righthander baseball teammates call “Pedro” because he resembles Pedro Martinez with his slight build and winding motion, can do what most seniors can’t: relax easily excitable John Adams Coach Glenn Beyer. Comment

Junior athletes march in area’s Little League kickoff

Thousands of pint-sized athletes and their proud parents and coaches marched through Glendale Saturday morning in anticipation of another year of baseball with the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League opening parade. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm recruits Bedova

Humble as he is talented, Danny Bedoya was reluctant to accept that a single signature put him in a class by himself. Comment

Dozo shocks PSAL city champion GW

Three weeks ago, Cardozo began its baseball season in Washington Heights to see how it measured up against powerhouse George Washington, the defending PSAL Class A city champion. After finding themselves in a huge 11-run hole, the Judges rallied against the Trojans backups. They left feeling good after the narrow defeat, taking a moral victory back with them to Queens. Comment

Mets’ Opening Day brings eclectic crowd to Citi Field

Several Queens politicians attended Opening Day last week, but not everyone got a front-row seat for the Amazin’s’ win. Comment

Bryant coach hits 1,000th

Wally Hausdorf was a basketball coach who had stints at Stony Brook, Old Westbury and Queens College. At the time, softball was just something to do to fill time and make extra money before he became a Division I head coach. Comment

Bayside Bulldogs open baseball season strong

The Bayside Bulldogs 13U team started their season Sunday in convincing fashion with a double-header sweep of the Long Island Rebels in National Junior Baseball League play. Comment

Judges: The team to beat

Ron Gorecki started talking about his team and couldn’t stop, raving about one impact player after another, all his pitchers, the deep lineup, even a few reserves. Comment
South Ozone Park

John Adams, LIC revv up for spring

Glenn Beyer won’t make a prediction about the regular season for one simple reason: The longtime John Adams baseball coach isn’t concerned about it. His only focus — the focus he’s always had in 18 years at the Ozone Park school — is on late May. Comment

March, 2012

Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis softball facing strong Molloy, Prep clubs

Mary Louis’ motto for this season is “respect all, fear none.” The Hilltoppers have been one of the city’s most talented squads, but have struggled against CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens leaders and rivals Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep. Comment
Flushing Times

Strong pitching will lead Molloy, SFP baseball

It’s all about the arms this year for Archbishop Molloy. Comment

Queens College baseball splits doubleheader

Junior second baseman Rob Bernardo went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, three runs and three RBIs Sunday afternoon at Ray Metski Field, helping the Queens College baseball team to capture a doubleheader split against visiting Bloomfield College. Comment

Mets could now benefit from Madoff scheme trials

They were on the brink of losing their team, but now they might come out richer. Comment

Bryant coach amped for another successful season

Rocco Rotondi is not the nostalgic type. Comment

Doc Gooden signs autographs at opening of store

Dwight “Doc” Gooden, a former pitcher for both the New York Yankees and Mets, signed autographs and greeted fans during the opening of an AT&T store in Queens Center. Gooden made his debut with the Mets in 1984 and was signed by the Yankees in 1996 before he retired in 2001. Comment

Strawberry celebrates turning 50 at his Douglaston eatery

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house when Darryl Strawberry celebrated his 50th birthday at his Douglaston sports grill Monday night. Comment

Mets’ financial losing streak takes pricey turn

For the already financially struggling New York Mets, the news gets ever worse. Comment

Kosher hot dog vendor planning for extra innings in Mets lawsuit

A kosher hot dog vendor has vowed to appeal a judge’s conclusion that the New York Mets can bar it from hawking glatt wieners on the Sabbath. Comment

January, 2012


Call for boro baseball players

The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League are open to all teams in their new 10U and 12U divisions, as well as 13 through 18 divisions and the 18 and over Sunday double-header division. Comment
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