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Volleyball eases transgender player’s transition
Who is Taylor Edelmann?
He’s a 21-year-old Purchase College senior, a native of Bethel, Conn., and a captain of the men’s volleyball team. He’s a resident assistant, a club co-president and a research assistant. On the off chance he has a spare moment between practices, games and meetings, he’s a drummer in a jam band on campus.
And, he is formerly a she…
For Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick, the NBA can wait
The major reason why one of the best players in college basketball returned for his final season had nothing to do with breaking records or reaching milestones.
No, Sean Kilpatrick’s motivation for returning to Cincinnati instead of pursuing a professional basketball career was a cause far from any court.
“Really, I thought about graduating,” Kilpatrick said. “It’s something that no one in my family did. I’ll be the first to do that.”
In the time that’s ensued since Kilpatrick decided to return for his redshirt senior season, he’s done more than just work toward a degree in criminal justice, which he will receive April 26. The White Plains graduate has established himself as one of the best players in the country this season, earning spots on several all-America lists.
While they might seem unrelated — Kilpatrick’s desire to graduate and his success on the court — the two go hand in hand.
Mariano Rivera Jr. blazing his own path
He’s not his father.
That’s the first distinction that needs to be made when talking about Mariano Rivera Jr., the eldest son of Yankee great Mariano Rivera.
Rivera Jr. is his own person and player, with his own successes and failures, all of which are separate from the achievements of his father, considered by many to be the greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball.
“I want to be known for my abilities, my talents, and not just because of who my father is,” Rivera Jr. said. “I’ve learned to step away from that awhile back. … I want to work for what I have.”
Hogue belongs at Iowa State
Just when Lincoln High graduate Dustin Hogue feels ready to give up after a long practice or training session, a voice creeps into his head.
They said you weren’t good enough.
When he feels as if he’s reached his limits — no more jumpers, no more sprints — or when he starts to get discouraged for even a fraction of a second, he can hear the skeptics.
“Every time I’m running and I feel like I’m about to give up,” he said, “or every time I’m shooting and I feel like I can’t take another shot, or I put my head down a little bit — I always think, ‘Oh, well, they didn’t want you.’ So, ya know, show them what they’re missing.”
The response is simple: Show them what they’re missing.
Pena awaits NFL call
While the start of Thursday’s NFL draft represents the continuation of many players’ careers, it marks the end of even more.
Only 253 players will be drafted, forcing many to continue life without football.
NFL prospect Gilbert Pena already knows that feeling. At the age of 18 the Yonkers resident chose family over football…
Students with disabilities get fair shot in sports
The U.S. Education Department has announced that schools will be required to give students with disabilities a fair chance to play on traditional sports teams or create their own leagues, a move that elicited a favorable response from area athletic directors and coaches.
“Anything they do for the disabled is fine with me,” said North Rockland athletic director Joe Casarella, a former football coach. “I will bend over backwards for them.”
The order, aimed at schools and colleges, says disabled students will be allowed to join traditional teams as long as “reasonable modifications” can be made that won’t fundamentally alter the sport or give the student an advantage…
Former NBA player Williams mourned at funeral
Albert King remembers that faithful night in Detroit more than 30 years ago. He remembers his New Jersey Nets’ teammate Thomas “Ray” Williams scoring 52 points against the Detroit Pistons, the highest single-game total by a player in team history at the time. He also remembers the embrace the two shared after the game.
Last month King visited the Mount Vernon native at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Williams’ body had already been destroyed by colon cancer. Death was a mere weeks away.
As he neared the room he heard laughter from Williams and his wife, Linda. King was confused at what could be so funny for a man on his deathbed.
“Hey Al,” said Williams as King entered the room. “Remember when I had 52!”