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COURTSIDE: Kadaja Bailey Finds Her Groove

COURTSIDE: Kadaja Bailey Finds Her Groove

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

For Kadaja Bailey, a simple switch in colors and a different area code made all the difference. It was a decision that brought her to a new set of paint, a new group of sisters and a new home. A Long Beach, N.Y. native, Bailey previously donned blue and white at St. Mary’s High School until she...

COURTSIDE: Let the Talent Speak for Itself

COURTSIDE: Let the Talent Speak for Itself

Brenden Myers, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Before Tip-Off on Oct. 12, the casual St. John’s basketball fan might not have known about L.J. Figueroa. The hype belonged to returning star Shamorie Ponds and incoming transfer Mustapha Heron. Things have changed. The soft-spoken Figueroa broke out in a loud way at Tip-Off, introducing himself with ...

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

Knocking down jump shots with a silky disposition, a left-handed assassin plays the lead role at Carnesecca Arena this winter. New York born and bred, he’s ingrained himself into a basketball culture that runs deep through the city’s soul. He’s one of St. John’s best, past or present. Oh, a...

Leading From the Front

Leading From the Front

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports

Coming and going as the world pleases, happiness is fleeting. A sunny day, a good book, true love, no dice. Ask 10 psychologists its true definition and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. For some, however, the answer is hidden in plain sight. Plain as a grassy clearing with two nets at ...

St. John’s Can Be NYC’s Pride

St. John’s Can Be NYC’s Pride

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports

Ask any New York City sports fan on the street about the state of sports in the New York/New Jersey area and any logical fan should say that they are in a state of disarray. Sure, there are the New York Yankees, coming off back-to-back playoff appearances while featuring an exciting young core of elite-le...

Two Juniors Leading the Way for Women’s Golf

Two Juniors Leading the Way for Women’s Golf

Nick McCreven, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports

The  St. John’s Women’s Golf team is halfway through their fall play and thus far, the spotlight has fallen on juniors Kaitleen Shee and Linda Wang. Neither of the two have placed outside of the top-15 through two tournaments and a tri-match, bringing the Red Storm to victory over Hofstra and LIU...

Transfer Mustapha Heron Cleared to Play

Transfer Mustapha Heron Cleared to Play

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

Just hours after an energetic night at St. John’s Basketball’s annual “Tip-Off” event, Head Coach Chris Mullin received the news his program was waiting for. Auburn transfer guard Mustapha Heron became immediately eligible after being granted a legislative relief waiver by the NCAA. The news...

St. John’s Basketball and Sheck Wes Rock Tip-Off

St. John’s Basketball and Sheck Wes Rock Tip-Off

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

Electricity was in the air Friday night as the university community filed into Carnesecca Arena for Tip-Off, the annual extravaganza that celebrates the start of the college basketball season. To “tip-off” the evening’s proceedings, alumni from different generations of St. John’s basketba...

St. John’s Baseball Slides Past Swedish National Team

St. John’s Baseball Slides Past Swedish National Team

Brendan Murray, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

The chill in the October air couldn’t cool down the hot Red Storm bats against the Swedish National team Friday night, when the baseball team beat the Swedes 26-0.   The Red Storm, playing in their first exhibition of the season, were able to make quick work of the Swedish opposition with Nick Monda...

Cragg Named Athletic Director

Cragg Named Athletic Director

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Sports

St. John’s new Athletic Director Mike Cragg was officially welcomed into the St. John’s community on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the seventh athletic director in program history after spending three decades at Duke University. He replaces former Director of Athletics Anton Goff. During his 30-plus years in North Carolina, ...

Welcome to The “Belly Fam”

Welcome to The “Belly Fam”

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports

The term, “Insta-famous” refers to those who have achieved a somewhat celebrity status online via the app Instagram. Kodiak Simpson, a recent St. John’s graduate, obtained this status of internet fame in an interesting fashion over this past summer. Simpson went viral when a video of him dunki...

Skage Simonsen Seeing Success

Skage Simonsen Seeing Success

Brendan Murray, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports

The countdown is over, the clock resets to 45 minutes, the game is about to kick off, the first player that stands out on the field of the starting 11 is one of the tallest, number 8 the starting midfielder, Skage Simonsen. Simonsen stands at 6’3, 185lbs, he is a freshman from Bergen, Norway, who, de...

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