Wagner sticking together to win it all through attitude

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

Former four-year Wagner veteran forward Josh Thompson remembered one experience at Wagner right away that he sees as shared with his teammates and family in being a part of something bigger than anyone: beating the Pitt Panthers in their own Petersen Events Center, who Thompson recalled being ranked No. 15 in the country at the time.

What it took to achieve what seemed prior to that game as a daunting task was Thompson and his fellow Seahawks knowing they had to go onto the Panthers’ home court and believe in each other. By doing just that, they made it come true through playing the game the way they always did.

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St. Francis Brooklyn building toward what they can become

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

After experiencing an historic 2014-15 season, when St. Francis Brooklyn tied a program record with 23 wins and earned their first Northeast Conference championship since 2003-04; plus an appearance into the National Invitational Tournament for the first time since 1963, finishing off 2015-16 with a 15-17 record was a step back of sorts, and early indications from college basketball insiders seem to think another may be on its way this year.

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Upcoming season could be return to form for LIU Brooklyn

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

Since being named LIU Brooklyn’s head coach in 2013, Jack Perri has seen his team teeter like a seesaw.

His first year showed off his ability toward continued success, and to no surprise due to his knowledge of the program after having spent seven seasons as an assistant under his predecessor Jim Ferry, the current Duquesne head coach.

Perri led his players to a 20-14 record in that 2013-14 campaign, which garnered the Blackbirds their third consecutive Northeast Conference championship and also rewarded him with the Joe B. Hall Coach of the Year award, given out annually to Division I first-year head coaches.

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Core group and depth two more keys to success for Wagner

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

Whenever every new season is fast approaching in mid to late-October, basketball coaches know every team is at the same place. They have a vision as to where they should be, and work toward reaching that point.

For a second time already, and the 2016-17 campaign hasn’t even begun, Wagner head coach Bashir Mason referenced the 10-win 2014-15 season when he had seven new players — five of which were freshmen. He said it was difficult starting all over again from the ground up because coaches and players alike were learning new things.

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‘Madness Before Midnight’ reminds Wagner of unfinished business

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

The 2015-16 season was one of program history-making accomplishments for the Wagner Seahawks.

It has been said and repeated, but they were the Northeast Conference regular season champions for the second time, earned their first-ever postseason win in the National Invitational Tournament, and posted 20 wins in a season for the seventh time.

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Learning from life’s transitions

​September 2016

It’s a month that will forever be etched in the back of my mind for the rest of my life. I spent time at a Washington Nationals at New York Mets game in the early part of the month with my mom and brother. I went to my first concert alone, I’ve gone to see Taylor Swift and Coldplay over the last two years with my sister and mom respectively. But going to see Shawn Mendes on my own was a surreal experience.

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September was a transition period for not only the seasons, but for me personally too. It was the first time I was out of work since I was 18. It was the first time I didn’t have school — I graduated from Manhattan College in May. Applying for jobs has been tedious and annoying but it’s, of course, necessary in order to take the next step in life.

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Wagner attitude married to size, speed & skill is recipe for continued success

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

After winning the Northeast Conference regular season championship, but falling short of earning the championship victory by a mere eight points to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line, the Wagner Seahawks will look to sustain the success they found for the upcoming year and not only maintain it for the future of the program, but to return to the conference’s final game and walk back onto the team bus with a trophy.

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Wagner enters season hungry for redemption

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

March 7, 2017.

That’s the date of the Northeast Conference championship game. Entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Wagner Seahawks, Bashir Mason already has that date circled on his calendar and memorized.

Why? He and his players are starving to return to the big stage to reverse the loss they took to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, 87-79, in the same matchup and scenario last year.

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NYPD takes community to court for a game of basketball

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016]

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Leadership Through Sports sponsored a police versus community basketball game at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton Saturday night.

Police from the 120 precinct played a friendly game of basketball to help facilitate a good relationship between police and the community.

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Woman who allegedly stalked pol is volunteer for his opponent

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The woman arrested for allegedly sending a series of bizarre mailings to the private homes of Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr. volunteers for his primary opponent, Castorina revealed on Saturday.

Marylynn Cellamare, 55, of Port Richmond, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking after, authorities allege, she sent the packages, many of which contained a sheet of paper with the word “greetings” on it, to the Republican’s private addresses.

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Games, fun, performances at St. Clare’s annual feast

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

Despite Mother Nature providing Staten Island with a sweltering day, the St. Clare’s R.C. Church community in Great Kills came together through faith to mark its sixth-annual feast.

“It’s wonderful to see the community coming together — school and parish — even on such a hot day like today enjoying themselves and having a good time,” Theresa Signorile, St. Clare’s School principal, said.

“There’s a strong bond here, it runs through the school and the community,” she added. “The children are happy to see each other and their teachers.”

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‘Tis the season: Block parties bring neighbors together across Staten Island

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

Mother Nature couldn’t wash away tradition at block parties Saturday in New Dorp and Sunnyside.

Fo 33 years now, residents on Rose Avenue have gathered for their annual party. Despite the rain, Saturday was no different.

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Real-life Pokemon Go scavenger hunt draws a crowd on first day

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

“Gotta catch ’em all” took on a new meaning Saturday as curious Staten Islanders scattered throughout the borough to find real-life Pokemon figurines and win prizes.

Michael Perina, owner of Assembyl 3D Printing in Stapleton, came up with the idea for the scavenger hunt to capitalize on the game’s popularity. He created 500 plastic figurines based on the characters — including Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur — and hid them near the highly popular Pokemon Go game’s “Pokestops.”

If a player finds one of the figurines, they can cash them in at a local business, a pizzeria or store, for instance.

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