Category Archives: Sports

Students Get NBA All-Star Treatment

Last week, as New York City welcomed some of the biggest names in professional basketball for the start of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, league officials announced that they would reach a seasonlong goal: to interact with more than one million students at 100 public schools across the five boroughs.

On Feb. 13, NBA Cares – an outreach initiative addressing the importance of education, youth, family development, health and wellness – came to PS 20 in Flushing to engage students in fun, fitness and basketball-related activities.

Originally appeared in the Feb. 19 – 25, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune

Bayside Boxer Triumphs At Golden Gloves

Stepping into the ring at the Barclay’s Center on April 2, 25-year-old boxer Stylianos Kalamaras of Bayside was confident he would defeat his opponent Franklin Johnson and take the title as the 2015 New York Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion. With five victories under his belt – two by way of knock-out – Kalamaras was the only contender to knock his opponent to the canvas. “I fight very aggressively,” Kalamaras said. “In the amateurs, you don’t really see people getting knocked out a lot.”

Originally appeared in the April 9 – 15, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

Throughout 14 of his fights, Kalamaras said not one of his opponents made it out without bleeding or getting hit to the floor. The main event, on April 2, was no different. “I feel amazing,” Kalamaras said about winning this year’s Golden Gloves tourney. “This is something everyone dreams about.”

Kalamaras said winning the Golden Gloves was something he had been trying to do since 2011, when he was eliminated by majority decision in the tournament semifinals over a heavily favored opponent.

Before becoming a Golden Gloves contender, Kalamaras was a three-time junior Olympic gold medalist, five-time national champion and six-time international champion in judo. By age 16, when he decided to pick up the gloves for the first time, he was already a natural.

“I don’t get nervous [fighting in front of people],” Kalamaras said. “I knew I would make it.”

Today, Kalamaras serves as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and is a full-time student at Queens College, where he is pursuing a degree in exercise science and nutrition. He added that winning this year’s Golden Gloves Championship was a once in a lifetime experience, which he hopes will open more doors to future competitions.

Rangers Invest In Future, Draft Seven Prospects

After wheeling and dealing all morning long, the New York Rangers have officially said farewell to Carl Hagelin and Cam Talbot—both of whom helped the Rangers earn the President’s Trophy this season—while welcoming Emerson Etem and seven new prospects.

This story originally appeared on on June 28, 2015.

Teams Beginning To Show Interest in Talbot After Strong Season

While the New York Rangers backup goaltender, Cam Talbot, signed a one-year contract extension, which carries him over to the 2015-16 season, his statistics this past season show the potential of a starter.

Finishing the 2014-15 season with five shutouts, a .926 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average, the 27-year-old goalie has had a commendable career with the Rangers thus far. But, in the Big Apple, there is only room for one “King”, and that is Henrik Lundqvist.

Talbot became a critical part of the Rangers roster this year, when Lundqvist suffered a severe neck injury in February that kept him out of action until late March, stepping up to the plate in order to keep the Rangers on their path towards earning the President’s Trophy.

Story originally appeared on on June 19, 2015. 

Vaughan Named To Honors Court

Great Neck native and SUNY Old Westbury guard Nat Vaughan was recently named to the 2013-2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for his performance both on and off the court.

Vaughan, a senior Marketing major, played 24 games for the Panthers during the 2013-2014 season. As a junior, Vaughan averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists per game, playing a total of 299 minutes for an average 12.5 minutes per game. He also recorded 12 rebounds and 11 steals. Vaughan poured in a career-high of 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field during Old Westbury’s 91-49 victory over NYU-Poly last January, and later recorded a career-best with six assists in conference victories against NYU-Poly and Sage in February.

Vaughan joins Joe Henain of Mount Saint Mary as the lone Skyline Conference student-athlete to achieve NABC Honors Court laurels. Each season the NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts of student-athletes both on the court and in the classroom. A record 895 student-athletes from 335 colleges earned NABC Honors Court distinction this year

MacArthur’s Valiant Effort Falls Short

Needing to win their last three games of the season to secure a spot in the playoffs, The Generals of MacArthur High School in Levittown put in a valiant effort against Valley Stream Central but fell from contention with a 43-38 defeat.

“I thought the boys played extremely hard… that has been a constant all season,” said MacArthur High School’s Head Coach Eric Rubin. “Our defense was outstanding. We had several good looks, but just couldn’t hit the shots.”

Originally appeared in the Feb. 13, 2014 edition of the Levittown Tribune

Northside Student Skates For A Cause

Participating in this year’s event, 8-year-old figure skater Hiram Cowhey of Farmingdale took the opportunity to showcase his skating skills alongside former Olympic athletes. Currently attending Northside Elementary School, Cowhey said he spends most of his spare time skating in the hopes of one day going pro.

“It was awesome,” Hiram said, “I wasn’t nervous at all.”

This story originally appeared in the Feb. 6, 2014, edition of the Farmingdale Observer

It’s Just Like 2005 All Over Again

It has been a while since I last blogged but in light of recent events I felt this was more than necessary
Dark days have fallen upon us yet again as NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman failed to agree to terms with players union. On Sept. 15 the collective bargaining agreement expired without a resolution thus cancelling the start of the 2012 – 2013 season.

Pro-hockey players are among the lowest paid professional athletes in the nation (with a few exceptions like Crosby and Ovechkin) so you know times are tough if even the NHL can’t afford it.

But, whether the lockout will delay or cancel the entire season is yet to be determined, leaving pro-hockey players displaced.

Despite recent efforts of political hopefuls looking to preserve the American job market, the lockout marks the latest of several high paying jobs being outsourced.

Returning to their countries of origin several players have agreed to terms with Czech, Russian, Swiss and Swedish leagues to play temporarily until the lockout is over. Among some of the players headed back to home-turf are recent stanley cup winner Anze Kopitar, Alexander Ovechkin, first round draft-pick Nail Yakupov, Jason Spezza, Jaromir Jagr, Thomas Plekanec and Pavel Datsyuk.

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