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COURTSIDE: Bright Lights, Big Expectations

COURTSIDE: Bright Lights, Big Expectations

John Cavanagh, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

The bright lights, the history and the expectations. Simply put, there’s no greater challenge than playing in New York City. Certain athletes are built for the moment and can handle the pressure. St. John’s has embraced their image as New York’s Team, and so have their hometown athletes. Junio...

COURTSIDE: Staff Predictions (Men’s)

COURTSIDE: Staff Predictions (Men’s)

The Torch Staff

November 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

Brendan Myers Record Prediction: 19-11: The Red Storm should have a successful non-conference campaign and the necessary confidence flowing into conference play. Last year, St. John’s fans learned that the Big East schedule can lead to tumultuous times, but expect a stronger season with more tal...

COURTSIDE: A Revived Front Court

COURTSIDE: A Revived Front Court

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Sports

Preseason chatter is fueled by overzealous narratives. Bold assertions can be made without any frame of reference. It’s fun, but often frivolous. In that spirit, the rejuvenated St. John’s frontcourt needs a presumptuous, New York-centric tagline. The New York Block Exchange? The Queens Skysc...

COURTSIDE: Top 5 Moments With New York’s Team

COURTSIDE: Top 5 Moments With New York’s Team

The Torch Staff

November 12, 2018


Filed under Sports

Men’s:   St. John’s vs. Georgetown (2017); After what seemed like a pretty innocent foul from Amar Alibegovic on a Georgetown player, tempers flared, leading to a sideline scuffle to bring old Big East nostalgia to the forefront of college basketball. However, this time it was Mullin...

Following His Heart

Following His Heart

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Sports

For Marcellus Earlington, the choice wasn’t even close. Yes, he was a three-star defensive end for one of New Jersey’s football powerhouses, Don Bosco Prep. He racked up close to 15 major Division I offers, from the likes of last year’s runner up University of Georgia, according to the recruiti...

Living His Dream

Living His Dream

Nick McCreven, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Sports

Watching sports as a child allows you to develop a special bond with a team, city and community. You have someone to look up to and something to inspire you, even into your adulthood. Sports bring people together as a community and allows them to feel connected to the city that the team represents. ...

Sedee Keita and Mikey Dixon Ready To Go

Sedee Keita and Mikey Dixon Ready To Go

Annie Drouillard, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

Sedee Keita and Mikey Dixon are not only two new additions to the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team’s starting lineup but two big factors to the team’s success plan this year. Sedee Keita, a Philadelphia native, who played in South Carolina his freshman year and Mikey Dixon, a Delaware native,...

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...

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place...

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

It’s a late Saturday afternoon as Chris Mullin, head coach of the St. John’s basketball team, strolls into the media room at Madison Square Garden. His team has just lost in overtime to Big East rival Seton Hall in front of a packed crowd at the arena. What’s better than traveling to Mid...

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place in ...

St. John’s Falls to Xavier in Big East Tournament

St. John’s Falls to Xavier in Big East Tournament

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

March 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, March Madness, Men's Basketball, Sports

15 hours after knocking off Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament, St. John's returned to Madison Square Garden for a noon tip-off against No. 3 Xavier on Thursday. After a slow start that saw the Red Storm miss several shots early on, Justin Simon got the scoring started with a...

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