November, 2013


LND Reds win Merillon Tournament

The Little Neck Douglaston Reds 10U team finished their youth baseball season by winning the Merillon Columbus Day Tournament. Comment.

October, 2013


Piazza inducted into Mets Hall of Fame

Former New York Mets star Mike Piazza was inducted into the Amazin’s’ Hall of Fame Sunday at Citi Field. Comments (1).

September, 2013

I Sit and Look Out

Baseball players have lost their heroic luster over time

Once upon a time, baseball was known as the “national pastime” and its players were heroes. They were looked up to as paragons of what a person should be — talented, humble (for the most part) and one with the nation in which they played. Comment.

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August, 2013

Block Shots

Queens sluggers should try NYC Varsity League

Queens baseball players want to spread the word about the NYC Varsity fall league. Comment.

July, 2013

I Sit and Look Out

Sports more concerned with business, not competition

For many years, I used to say I had two forms of exercise: walking and jumping to conclusions. Comment.

All-Star fever coming to Queens

All-Star festivities have kicked off in the city and are headed to Queens this weekend. Comment.
Block Shots

Harvey could give Amazins’ edge in battle for NYC fans

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has a chance to earn more than wins and strikeouts with his blazing fastball and model good looks. He has shown the potential to make the city his and be the Mets’ version of Derek Jeter during his career. Comment.

Teen possibly faces jail for All-Star stunt: DA

CORONA — The Long Island teenager who rushed the field during last week’s All-Star game at Citi Field could end up warming the bench in prison, authorities said. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Little Leaguers get All-Star treatment at Citi Field

Glen Oaks Little Leaguers received the all-star treatment when they were given the chance to play ball at Citi Field. Comment.

Mets’ Harvey on the mound as night to remember begins

The 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game provided fans with memories that will last a lifetime even if the game itself was not riveting. Comment.

All-Queens Baseball: Castano named boro’s best

The death of legendary Archbishop Molloy baseball Coach Jack Curran was the backdrop of the 2013 baseball season in Queens. Comments (2).
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Baseball game fosters respect for armed forces

Fans who made their way to St. John’s University saw more than just a good baseball game last Friday night. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Queens stars relish chance to play at Yankee Stadium

Kely Aponte couldn’t wait for the chance to step foot on the Yankee Stadium field. Not even the wait of an hour and 46 minute rain delay could put a damper on the Rockaway Park native’s spirits. Comment.

June, 2013


Cardozo pitcher drafted highest of city HS players

Adrian Castano didn’t concern himself with being drafted, just baseball. Comments (3).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s lefty leads boro players drafted

St. John’s University baseball Coach Ed Blankmeyer believes Ryan Horstman’s potential made him an attractive commodity to Major League Baseball scouts and he has only scratched the surface of it. Comments (1).
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CHSAA honors Curran’s legacy with award

Jack Curran’s legacy was given one final honor that spilled over into the CHSAA Class AA intersectional baseball final last weekend. Comment.

May, 2013


Stanners stay alive in CHSAA season

Donovan Armas immediately thought of former Coach Jack Curran when the senior was in trouble in the top of the seventh inning and Molloy’s season on the line. Comment.

Xaverian clips Stanners for division title

The Archbishop Molloy baseball team won on pitching and defense all season only to see both challenged in the biggest game of the season so far. Comment.
Block Shots

St. John’s coach notches 612th win

Ed Blankmeyer knew the record was coming — he just didn’t know exactly when and didn’t care to guess. Comment.
Block Shots

Human drama unfolds in sports

The stories behind the box score are what make high school sports special. They produce genuine, raw emotions in the players and connect those watching from the sidelines and beyond to the game at a whole different level. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s clinches its Big East berth

The St. John’s baseball team entered the weekend with its future in doubt. The Red Storm was in eighth place in the Big East standings, needing to hold on to that position to secure a spot in the conference tournament. Comment.

Cathedral baseball overcomes slow start to season

The 2013 season could not have started worse for the Cathedral Preparatory baseball team. The Crusaders of Elmhurst lost their first five games, failing to win a game against a tough non-divisional schedule. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Scrappy Spartans need collective effort to repeat history

If John Adams is going to repeat its feat and reach the PSAL Class A baseball semifinals and beyond, the team is going to have to do so without a bona fide offensive star. Comment.
East Elmhurst

McClancy falls short to Xaverian Clippers

Mike Libasci is finally healthy and it shows. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Aponte leads Adams to win

Bryan Aponte watched Benjamin Cardozo intentionally walk Elvis Clime to load the bases for him with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and John Adams trailing by a run. He stepped to the plate with his mind set on making them pay. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Aviation defeats QHST in comeback thriller

Aviation pitcher Elias Martinez used his time in ninth period Spanish Monday afternoon to catch up on some needed classwork, thinking he would not be needed in the team’s game. Comment.

Molloy holds off Terriers to stay in division title race

Greg Boyle had a quick flashback on the pitching mound last Friday afternoon. Comment.

April, 2013


The Small Town of College Point

The kids who signed up to play ball in the College Point Little League this spring are learning more than how to throw, catch and swing a bat. Their coaches are teaching them a far more important lesson: how to deal with one of the tragedies that is part of life. Comment.

Hope and remembrance mark Opening Day at Citi Field

New York Mets fans armed with enthusiasm and tempered hopes for another season poured into Citi Field Monday for Opening Day. Comment.

Molloy pitches past Prep

Archbishop Molloy hurler Donovan Armas is quite simply a big game pitcher who is at his best in clutch situations and St. Francis Prep learned that the hard way. Comment.
College Point

College Point Little Leaguers march for player who died

Little sluggers lined up near the Poppenhusen Triangle in College Point with baseball on their minds. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Prep pitcher finds solace after holding dying friend in arms

Dylan Lawrence can block everything out when he is on the pitcher’s mound: the noise of the crowd, the pressure of the moment and, most importantly, the gut-wrenching pain left from holding dying friend Daniel Fernandez in his arms. Comment.

Bayside Little Leaguers begin another baseball season

The road to this year’s Little League season started on the Bell Boulevard pavement. Comment.
Forest Hills

Mid Vill man honored for 35 years of work with Little League

When Phil Fragale first became involved with the Forest Hills Little League, Jimmy Carter was president. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers grind out win over McClancy

Aaron Acosta made a promise while playing third to a group of St. Francis Prep parents behind the fence near the base. The Terriers’ offense was struggling in a tight game against McClancy. Acosta vowed to change that. Comment.

RGMVM Little League kicks off

The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League started their seasons last weekend with a parade. Comment.

Yankee pitcher praises Coach Curran

Mike Jerzembeck shared a bullpen with Mariano Rivera and played under Joe Torre as a member of the 1998 New York Yankees World Series championship team, yet he cites his recently deceased high school Coach Jack Curran as the biggest influence in his baseball career. Upon receiving the news of the death of his mentor, Jerzembeck was filled with emotion from his formative years. Comment.

Molloy starts season after Curran’s death

The Archbishop Molloy baseball team is keeping former Coach Jack Curran in their hearts, on their jerseys and in their dugout as they get set to begin the program’s first season without him in 55 years. Comment.
Block Shots

Mets manager aims to excite fans after overhaul of roster

There was a hint of defiance in the voice of Mets manager Terry Collins, the type you like to hear before an Opening Day game for a club with not much expected of it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm look to rebuild with freshmen players

The St. John’s baseball team competed in its first NCAA Super Regional last year after being crowned the Big East conference’s regular season and tournament champions. Comment.

Sandy volunteers and first responders to be honored at Opening Day

The New York Mets have invited a few Amazin’ guests to Monday’s Opening Day festivities at Citi Field. Comment.

March, 2013


Queens: Winner’s Circle for sports fans

Many people already know that Queens is one of the most diverse places on earth with a vast array of people, culture and cuisine. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks’ challenger division suits up for another season

For Glen Oaks dad Dennis Noonan, few things have been more gratifying than going to bat for his community’s special needs children who want to play ball. Comments (1).
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