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Loyola’s ‘Lion’ closes out H.S. hoops career with another title

BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN  |  Loyola School’s girls’ varsity basketball team recently captured their fourth straight New York City Athletic League basketball title. Leading them was team MVP senior Adriana Ilnicki. Ilnicki, 17, who was born and raised in the East Village, has suited up for Loyola School’s basketball teams all four of her years there. read more here »

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Violets bounced at home in first round by Jersey City

BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN  |  New York University’s men’s basketball team saw their season come to an end at home in a 74-66 loss to neighbors from across the Hudson, New Jersey City University, in the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Championship Tournament on Wed., Feb. 27. Entering the game, the read more here »

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Seniors step up as N.Y.U. beats Brandeis, 59-57, in seesaw battle

BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN  |  On a day meant to honor the team’s graduating seniors, New York University’s men’s basketball team survived a late surge to defeat Brandeis University 59-57 on Saturday afternoon, in the final game of the University Athletic Association regular season. The N.Y.U. Violets’ starting five seniors combined to produce a final big read more here »

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BY JOSH ROGERS  | Play ball! The Downtown Little League will be able to play this season on the storm-damaged fields in Battery Park City, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced in a statement to Downtown Express, The Villager’s sister paper, on Fri., Jan. 18. He said after getting help from the New York Mets, the read more here »

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New prez steps up to bat with G.V.L.L. going strong

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Friends from out of town, assuming a scarcity of youth baseball fields in New York City, are always surprised to find out what Greenwich Village resident John Economou does in his spare time. “People are amazed by it,” said Economou, as he watched a game in James J. Walker Park, at read more here »

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Girls are grappling with success

BY ERICA RAKOWICZ  |  New York City public school students can grab on to a chance to grow as both athletes and individuals thanks to a nonprofit organization in Soho. Beat the Streets Wrestling, based at 145 Thompson St. near Houston St., provides both girls and boys with the opportunity to wrestle for both recreation read more here »

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With creative flair, a DUSC team shoots for the top

BY STEVE HICKS  |  Although Pier 40 may be slowly sinking into the Hudson River, from it has risen a unique soccer team that is winning national notice. This June Downtown United Soccer Club’s U16 (under age 16 as of August 2011) team achieved a goal they have been seeking for many years. After a read more here »

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Nash and pros put on a show at Showdown charity game

BY BEN TOCKER |  In the midst of Euro Cup fever sweeping the city, NBA star Steve Nash held his annual Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer event at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Wed., June 27. The Showdown, now in its fifth year, raised money for the Steve Nash Foundation, which provides assistance to underprivileged children. read more here »

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Italians and Villagers find baseball is universal

BY TIM LALUMIA  |  On Fri., June 22, under foreboding skies, The Villagers — the Greenwich Village Little League Tournament Team (ages 11 and 12) — hosted the Italian Dream in a historic matchup. It all started with a blind e-mail about a month ago from an Italian organizer of “Baseball on the Road” — read more here »

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‘Cage’ tourney scores with players and spectators

BY SAM SPOKONY |  Fingers start appearing between the links in the fence in the midafternoon, when the air really gets hot. Some press against the frame, supporting a body leaning in close enough to smell the action. Others fingers curl around the wire, their owner leaning back to let loose a cheer or an insult, read more here »

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