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AD Goff Encourages Athletes to Speak Out

AD Goff Encourages Athletes to Speak Out

Langston Payne, Contributing Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll

Over the past year, heated debates over race and social issues have transpired into mainstream media. An increase in racial conflicts and police brutality have caused many athletes to become politically active in a way not seen in recent memory, and not too many people are happy about it. Sports ...

Lacrosse Brings in New Assistant Coach

Lacrosse Brings in New Assistant Coach

Sean Okula, Contributing Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Lacrosse, Sports, Sports Scroll

Success in sport can be elusive. It starts with a winning culture, established by a coaching staff that can lead with the experience of past triumphs in mind. Men’s lacrosse head coach Jason Miller has seen his fair share of success leading the Red Storm program, compiling 28 wins from 2011-14...

Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Following the devastation caused this past week by Tropical Storm Harvey, which claimed the lives of at least 45 people and left thousands displaced from their homes, the St. John's University basketball programs rallied together to help Houston-area victims in the aftermath. On Monday, University...

Red Storm-Commit Boubacar Diakite to Enroll Early, Redshirt for Upcoming Season

Red Storm-Commit Boubacar Diakite to Enroll Early, Redshirt for Upcoming Season

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports

St. John's-commit Boubacar Diakite, a 6-foot-8 wing forward in the class of 2018, will spend the 2017-2018 season on campus as a member of the Red Storm after enrolling early and reclassifying. The news was reported Monday afternoon by Andrew Slater of 247Sports.com. Diakite, a four-star wing prospect...

Odell Beckham Jr. to host football camp at SJU

Odell Beckham Jr. to host football camp at SJU

Dylan Hornik, Co-Sports Editor

August 5, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Scroll

St. John's University will play host to a VIP visitor on October 9 when NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. is set to host a football clinic on campus. Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the New York Giants, will host the New York leg of the Football 101 Women's Clinic, presented by Covergirl....

Mussini to Pursue Professional Career in Europe

Mussini to Pursue Professional Career in Europe

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

June 7, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports

In a statement released by the university on Tuesday, the St. John’s men’s basketball program announced that rising junior guard Federico Mussini will pursue a professional career in Europe and will not return to the program. Mussini, a 6-foot-2 guard from Reggio Emilia, Italy, played in 62 games...

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 ...

Track Club sprints past barriers, reaches Nationals

Track Club sprints past barriers, reaches Nationals

Dylan Hornik, Co-Sports Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll

This school year hasn’t been the most successful for St. John’s athletics. To date, only the fencing team can claim national success at the Division I level; the men’s team finished sixth at the NCAA Championships and they had two individual National Champions. Beneath the glossy shine of a Division I lab...

Red Storm Roundup: Baseball hot, softball stumbles

Red Storm Roundup: Baseball hot, softball stumbles

Nick McCreven, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Sports, Sports Scroll

St. John’s Softball goes 1-2 on the weekend vs. Villanova The softball team began a double-header on Saturday with a tough 2-0 loss. Tori Free pitched a strong game but hits were hard to come by on the offensive side and they were unable to score a run. Free gave up two runs on four hits in seven....

Livianu shines bright for Red Storm

Livianu shines bright for Red Storm

Dylan Hornik, Co-Sports Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Tennis

The story reads like a picture-perfect fairytale. The daughter of an ex-tennis player grows up with a racket in her hand, becomes a coveted talent, and helps her school break records. Upon first glance, it looks too easy for St. John’s freshman Jessica Livianu. Her mother, Bagdana Romanksy-Livian...

Softball starts off hot in Big East play

Softball starts off hot in Big East play

Brendan Myers, Contributing Writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Scroll

After entering conference play with a 12-10 record, the St. John’s softball team has won ten of their last 13, including series sweeps over Providence, Creighton and Butler, putting them atop the conference standings. After a rough opening weekend schedule, which included games against now #1 ra...

Big plans lie ahead for AD Goff

Big plans lie ahead for AD Goff

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll

The bitterness of November’s autumn and the darkness of its mornings followed Anton Goff as he walked from his car to his office next to Taffner Fieldhouse. He’d only been in Queens for a handful of weeks, still adjusting to the 105-arce campus 116 miles away from his old job at the University o...

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