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Solly Walker dies at age 85

Solly Walker dies at age 85

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor
May 9, 2017
Filed under Sports

Solly Walker, the first African-American basketball player in St. John’s program history, died last Friday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 85. A native of Brooklyn and an alumnus of Boys High School, Walker scored 573 points and grabbed 496 rebounds during his career at St. John’s. During his freshman ...

St. John’s holds on against Georgetown, 86-80

St. John’s holds on against Georgetown, 86-80

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
February 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

If Saturday's St. John's-Georgetown battle at Madison Square Garden was a preview of a future Big East Tournament matchup, we could be gearing up to add another chapter in this historical rivalry. The Red Storm and Hoyas, who came into the afternoon in eighth and nine place in the conference, respectively,...

Red Storm win two over the weekend

Red Storm win two over the weekend

Nick McCreven, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

The St. John’s women’s basketball team played two home games over three days this past weekend, one on Friday at Carnesecca Arena and one on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Friday night’s matchup was against Big East rival Butler and the Red Storm picked up a 62-55 victory. Jade Walker and Aaliya...

St. John’s falls to hobbled Xavier, 82-77

St. John’s falls to hobbled Xavier, 82-77

Dylan Hornik, Assistant Sports Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Mixed emotions emanated from the press conference room at Madison Square Garden Sunday evening. St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin remained upbeat even after his team squandered a potential upset, losing to no. 24/22 Xavier 82-77. “[Xavier is] one of the top-25 teams in the country and they had us ...

Walker’s milestone highlights women’s basketball break

Walker’s milestone highlights women’s basketball break

Dylan Hornik, Assistant Sports Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Just over a month ago, the St. John’s student body left the anonymity of their dorms, put their MetroCards down and tossed their car keys away, content to spend the next five weeks resting at home after an arduous fall semester. For the women’s basketball team, though, the work had just begun....

Naclerio’s unique path to basketball history

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

St. John’s alum Ron Naclerio knows a thing or two about winning. In fact, he probably knows around 758 things about winning. Naclerio, a graduate of St. John’s in 1979, has coached basketball at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, NY for 36 years and counting. In that time, he’s bec...

Desiigner to perform at Tip-Off

Desiigner to perform at Tip-Off

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
October 7, 2016
Filed under Sports

The wait for a Tip-Off performer has officially ended. Earlier today, St. John's Red Storm tweeted that hip-hop star Desiigner will perform at next Friday's basketball tip-off. Desiigner is most famously known for his song "Panda." Tickets to the event are first come, first-served. Students can...

Clark and Simon set to make major impact in Queens

Dylan Hornik, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Just a couple of weeks after Christian Jones and Amar Alibegovic announced they would leave the school, effectively wiping away the final pieces from the Steve Lavin era, the St. John’s basketball team gained a couple of highly-prized transfers in Marvin Clark Jr. and Justin Simon. Clark is coming...

Sima shines in exhibition win over Sonoma State

Sima shines in exhibition win over Sonoma State

Brandon Mauk, Digital Sports Manager
November 11, 2015
Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

.For the last couple of seasons, it has been a block party every time St. John’s took the court at Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden. Even with a new cast, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change. Freshman big man Yankuba Sima held one of those block parties on Saturday. He swatted...

Where are they now?

Carmine Carcieri, Staff Writer
April 15, 2015
Filed under Basketball, Featured Athlete, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Sports, Women's Basketball

St. John’s has produced some tremendous student-athletes that have vaulted their way into the public, turning their favorite sport into a career. Kieran McArdle, Moe Harkless, Nadirah McKenith and Tim Parker are the latest to make headlines for the Red Storm. Former St. John’s lacrosse attacker...

Amir Garrett Announces Intent to Transfer

Jon Perez, Sports Editor
April 3, 2013
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Sophomore Amir Garrett announced through Twitter that he will look to transfer from St. John’s before next fall. “After a long thought out process of speaking with my family, I will be leaving St. John’s Basketball Program,” Garrett said in a series of tweets. “It was a well thought out...

‘Cats Bounce Johnnies from Tournament

Kieran Lynch, Features Editor
March 13, 2013
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s men’s basketball team barely had enough time to take in the scenery before they were bounced from the Big East tournament by Villanova on Wednesday night. The Red Storm (16-15, 8-10) fell to the Wildcats (20-12, 10-8) 66-53 after a game that saw the team go from being down 12 early...

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