Wearable Tech’s Safety Factor May Help Future College Football Recruits Pick Schools


By Jerry Del Priore

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LSU football players wear the Vector Mouthguard.

Earlier in the month of February, on National Signing Day, high school football student-athletes across the country declared what college they would attend in the fall.

It’s a culmination of the recruiting process. Most of the times, three elements are considered when seniors make their final decision: scholarship, playing time and success of program.

When all things considered are equal, the deciding factor, at least for some parents and student-athletes, can be which program is taking measures to ensure the safety of its players.

“If all things are equal – educational opportunity, strength of program and financial package – but one school was looking to keep my son safer, I would go with that school,” said Jesse Harper, President and CEO of i1 Biometrics (athleteintelligence.com), a Kirkland, Washington-based cutting-edge technology company focused on sports, military markets and wearable tech.

“It’s about more than just football.”

Harper knows firsthand, as he it went through the recruiting process with his eldest son, who attended Eastern New Mexico University on an athletic scholarship.

Seeing how brutal football can be, Harper and i1 Biometrics has developed the Vector Mouthguard (wearable tech), a state-of-the-art mouthpiece that utilizes embedded microscopic technologies that accurately measure the impacts and accelerations a player’s brain experiences during play.

While there isn’t a product on the market to avert concussions, Harper believes the data that the Vector Mouthguard transmits to medical personnel on the sidelines can lead to better concussion detection and coaching techniques on the gridiron, lowering the incidents of head injuries.

“There’s no product that prevents concussions,” Harper said. “With the data you’re able to see what occurred, where in the head the (hit) occurred, and how hard, in real time,” Harper explained. Plus, “You’re able to detect a player’s hitting technique habits in-game. This should lead coaches to teach players better hitting techniques.”

Harper has already brought major Division I college football programs into the cutting-edge technology fold, such as the Louisiana State University, University of Kansas and the University South Carolina, among others. The Hersey, Pennsylvania resident feels that it will be the college tipping point for some future football recruits.

“You look at some conferences that have taken a leadership role in concussion-detection technology, such as the SEC and Big 12,” he said, “and there will be some student-athletes that find those schools appealing because of the technology being used.”

To learn more about the Vector Mouth Guard, log onto www.athleteintelligence.com

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Ex-Brooklyn Cyclones Gaby Hernandez, Zach Mathieu Find Their Way into Independent Baseball


By Jerry Del Priore

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Former Brooklyn Cyclone Gaby Hernandez with Southern Maryland Blue Claws.

With spring training kicking off recently, it’s always fun to keep track of where former Brooklyn Cyclones land after leaving affiliated baseball, in hopes of signing with a Major League organization. Here are two: Gabby Hernandez and Zach Mathieu.

Gaby Hernandez, a New York Mets’ third pick in the 2004 MLB amateur draft, signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League during the week.

This will be Hernandez’s sixth season with the club, and thirteenth overall in professional baseball.

The 6-3, 215-pound hurler spent two season with the Mets’ system. He appeared in only one game for the Cyclones, going 1-0 with six strikeouts in three innings of work.

Overall with New York, Hernandez posted 12-9 record. His shining moment came with the Hagerstown Suns of South Atlantic League (SAL) on June 19, 2005, when he fired a no-hitter versus the West Virginia Power.

Baseball America named Hernandez as the #18 prospect in the SAL that year. With stock on the rise, the Mets traded him, along with fellow former Cyclone Dante Brinkley, to the Florida Marlins for Paul Lo Duca, who wound suiting up for Brooklyn on a minor league rehab assignment.

Baseball America ranked Hernandez, in 2005 and 2006, the third-best prospect in New York’s organization. He was ranked the third-best prospect in the Marlins’ organization in 2007 and the fifth-best in their farm system in 2008.

Mathieu, a 16th round selection of New York in the 2013 MLB Draft, recently inked a deal with the Trios-Rivieres of the Can-Am League. He spent some time last year with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League.

The 6-7, 265-pound first baseman and designated hitter played in 62 games in Brooklyn in 2015, batting .206 with four home runs and 27 RBI. He started his professional career in 2013 with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian Rookie League, where he hit .138 with 2 RBI and 14 walks in 80 at-bats in 30 contests.

The following season, he returned to Kingsport, and improved his performance with a .270 average with three dingers and 29 RBI in 152 plate appearances in 47 games.

 

Ex-Staten Island Yankees Manager Andy Stankiewicz Returns to U.S. National Baseball Fold


By Jerry Del Priore

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Former Staten Island Yankees Manager Andy Stankiewicz Returns to USA BASEBALL.

Former Staten Island Yankees manager Andy Stankiewicz returns to the 18U National Team coaching ranks for the first time since he led the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan Am “AAA” Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

Stankiewicz, 52, was previously an assistant coach for the Collegiate National Team that won a bronze medal at the Honkbal Baseball Week tournament in 2012, and has twice worked with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

While with Staten Island, the short-season NY-Penn League affiliate of the New York Yankees, Stankiewicz posted a 29-43 record in 2003. But the Yankees recorded a 52-24 in 2005, winning the New York-Penn League Championship that year.

Current Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was a member of that squad, as well as San Francisco Giants shortstop Edgardo Nunez.

Stankiewicz also held the position of minor league field coordinator for the Seattle Mariners, from 2009 to 2012.

Presently, Stankiewicz begins his sixth season at the helm of Grand Canyon’s Division I baseball program for the 2017 season after becoming the fourth head coach in the history of the program prior to the 2012 campaign.

The New York Yankees drafted the listed 5-foot-nine, 165-pound shortstop out of Pepperdine University in the twelfth round of the 1986 first-year player draft.

He made his Major League debut with New York on April 11, 1992. Stankiewicz played in parts of seven Major League seasons—with the Yankees (1992-93), Houston Astros (1994-95), Montreal Expos (1996-97) and the inaugural season of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998.

Joining Stankiewicz on the U.S. 18U staff is Rusty Filter (Stanford University), Bill Mosiello (TCU) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington University). 

The 18U National Team will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, from September 1–10.  Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

“The 18U National Team program has assembled an elite coaching staff for 2017 U-18 World Cup,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball, in a press release. “This staff has experience coaching at the collegiate, minor league and major league level, and we are confident they will positively influence our athletes developmentally and personally as they compete for a fourth-consecutive World Cup title.”

 

 

Viral Beauty Tells Romantic-Tech Comedy Tale Through Online World, Celebrity Fascination


By Jerry Del Priore

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Viral Beauty: All Marsha Day wanted was the man of her dreams, but she created a firestorm…and fame!!

Viral Beauty is a take on modern day society, described by director David Tyson Lam, a software developer by day. as a romantic-tech comedy.

Utilizing their tech backgrounds, Lam and his sister Elizabeth, who wrote the script, use today’s social media fast paced world and fame-obsessed society to help portray a modern day, yet classic rags-to-riches story, with a twist.

Viral Beauty’s main character, Marsha Day (Casey Killoran), a Staten Island resident, posts a brazen video on an online dating website, stating exactly what she wants in a potential mate.

Unbeknownst to Marsha at the time, her video goes viral when popular video blogger Perez Hilton shares it with his loyal following.

The video creates a wicked troll backlash as people lambast and body shame Marsha because of the few extra pounds she carries, as well as her unrealistic request, in their opinions.

Marsha does have her fans, however, and she gains a groundswell of support, leading to notoriety and success.

What follows is a celebrity status Marsha never dreamed of, as she is picked up by a bigtime talent manager, who helps Marsha develop her own online show, and negotiates mega sponsorship deals.

Killoran, 29, who dazzles as Marsha, admits to bringing elements of her greener years into her character in order to maximize her role.

“There was a lot of me bringing myself into this role,” said Killoran, who was 27 at the time of completion of the film. “However, I brought a lot of my younger self into the role, when I was in my early twenties.”

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Casey Killoran as Marsha Day in Viral Beauty.

Meanwhile, Marsha moves from her working-class neighborhood to swanky digs in Manhattan. Plus, the naïve millennial finally lands the relationship she has always envisioned as she meets Will Durham (Mark Junek), a handsome, Ivy League educated fitness entrepreneur.

“We wanted to show her journey from Staten Island to Manhattan,” said Lam, whose Viral Beauty is his first feature film. “From very little to a lot.”

Lam does a great job of weaving the online world with the real world, with Gotham looming in the backdrop, to tell a cautionary tale.

“We really wanted New York City to be in the background,” he explained. “We, although it was set online, wanted Marsha to be pictured in the real world. It wouldn’t have worked in a smaller city. She had to be situated in the right environment. She needed to be in the right place to show larger, material things.”

Viral Beauty, although not delving into an entirely new subject, reminds us of how society builds people up with very little talent, or none at all, into instant stars. Just to tear them down even quicker, rendering them into helpless heaps of their former selves.

About Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival

Winter Film Awards Is New York City. Like the city itself, we showcase the eclectic diversity and excitement of the independent arts world. Winter Film Awards is proudly one of the Top 10 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway.

The rapidly growing Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is a dynamic and exciting event in the heart of the City. Winter Film Awards showcases films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. The Festival runs February 23-March 4 2017 in New York City.

Among the 88 Official Selections to be screened at Cinema Village in the heart of Greenwich Village (22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003), is a diverse mixture of 11 Animated films, 8 Documentaries, 11 Feature narratives, 10 Horror films, 12 Music Videos, 24 Narrative shorts and 7 Web series, including 12 student films and 33 first-time filmmakers. Filmmakers come from 30 countries; 42% of the films were created by women, 45% were created by people of color. Visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com for schedules, tickets and details!

 

Etched in Stone: Stone Story Documentary Goes Beyond the Hippie Way of Life


By Jerry Del Priore

Etched in Stone: Stone Story Documentary Goes Beyond the Hippie Way of Life

By Jerry Del Priore

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Stone Story Documentary.

More than another movie about the hippie experience, the Stone Story documentary, directed and edited by Jean-André Fourestié, tells the story of Martin Stone and his family—from his turbulent days in the seventies as a peace-loving individual to the present. Intertwined is the complex Stone family emotional-charged dynamics as they navigate the pothole-filled terrain of life through the years, while the elder Stones searches for his utopia existence.

Winter Film Awards Jerry Del Priore sat down with Montreal-based Jean-André Fourestié to discuss his work.  See the US Premiere of ‘Stone Story’ at Cinema Village on Sunday February 26 as part of the Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival.

Q: How long have you been a filmmaker? I have been a filmmaker since a good 10 years now.  My first three documentaries were short or medium length and auto-produced; Stone Story is my first feature-length documentary.

I also work as an editor. It is actually my every day job. From 2007 to 2010, I was a director-editor for TV5 Québec, Canada. I’m currently a freelance editor for television projects and independent productions.

Q: How long did it take to film? It took me four years to do it. Three years of shooting in between Montreal and Philadelphia at different moments and one year of postproduction: editing, colorization, sound design, mix, music, subtitles and all the rest.

Q: What about the Stone family drew you to make a film about them? The idea for Stone Story grew out of my meeting with Martin, the film’s main character, some ten years ago, when I, as a newcomer to Montreal, became one of his flatmates for a time.

I wanted to share his experience because I felt his story was both absolutely unique and also universal. The hippie experience is not the heart of the story but it does give it the color of those times. So, I began to think about the choices we make in life and their impact not only on ourselves but on those around us who may suffer the consequences. The film is also about families, about fathers, about the passing of time and above all, the quest for freedom.

When I went to meet Martin Stone’s daughters in Philadelphia, the story took on another dimension. I told them about my project and gradually they let me a little into their daily lives. My idea was to echo the points of view of the whole family without ever being judgmental. I wanted the film to be as honest as possible. The family is a complex, flexible unit that functions like a magnet: attraction and repulsion. I think it is very difficult to judge your family or their life choices. All you can do is try to understand. That is what I have attempted to do in this film, with some perspective.

Q: How is this more than a hippie film? The hippie experience is not the heart of the story but it does give it the color of those times. The hippie generation still resonates today with its search for utopia, for new ideals, and its disenchantment. But my film is about life above all. It raises questions we all ask ourselves: how should we run our lives? How can we be better in tune with the choices we make? How do we take responsibility for them? And how do we create ourselves a space of freedom in a world that does not necessarily resemble us?

Stone Story is a contemporary, thoughtful, funny, moving, colorful and musical film, and above all, honest.

Q: What was the most difficult part of production? The difficult part of the production was first that we were a very small team; A director of photography, Hervé Baillargeon, a soundman, Bruno Pucella and myself. And we were filming in Montreal and in Philadelphia with seven or eight different people. So, it was quite ambitious. And the idea was to make something very intimate.

I realized from the start that the film would be a human adventure, because of my friendship and closeness with Martin Stone, the protagonist of Stone Story. But everyone had to feel at ease while we were filming, but also when we were not filming. So, I needed to surround myself with people I could feel good and have a laugh with.

In fact, I wanted them to be able to fit into Martin’s family, simply and naturally, as I did 12 years ago. Then I had to always make sure that all the characters of the documentary will stay on board with us during the whole time of the shooting. This means a lot of human relationship, trust, patience, respect, love and listening, because it is incredibly generous of them. I don’t know if they realized it from the start but they opened their door not for three or four meetings, but for three or four years. So, those were the challenges on this production. Distance between places to film, being patient and listening to all the characters and my team. But also staying true to the original idea.

Q: Why was it important to make this movie? It was very important to make this movie because this movie is dealing with a lot of my obsessions and questioning. Families, about fathers, about the passing of time and above all, the quest for freedom.  I found the characters and the subject fascinating. These ordinary people experienced extraordinary things. Rather than make them into extraordinary people, the idea was to render their humanity.

I wanted to open some doors and try to show that there are many different ways to live your life; it is all a matter of perspective and the way you want to see it. But at the end, you always can change and try to get a little bit closer to where you thing you should be.

Q: What was difficult about directing and editing this film? As the editor of his film, I see editing as an opportunity, not as an additional difficulty, as is sometimes the case. I put myself back into the skin of an editor, and adapted to myself what I usually do when I edit for another director. It was a little schizophrenic, but I did it!

I set out to gain perspective on the film during the editing phase. I made some sacrifices that were necessary to make a better film. It was his only priority. Colleagues were also precious allies. The film crew, editor friends have been very helpful, industry professionals who took part in screenings, and of course, my tireless producer Ian Oliveri—all raised questions and contributed valuable suggestions. And one very important thing, you have to be able to put aside your ego.

Q: What are the biggest takeaways people will get from the movie?  I put some quotes of different reviews from newspapers and magazine. I figured they were the best to answer to this question.

The film makes no judgements about the lives led by Martin Stone or his family. It doesn’t demonize anyone. It presents individuals with intersecting lives, who are trying to carve out a niche in a world that doesn’t necessarily correspond to everyone’s values. With honesty and humor, the Stones share their fairly objective and sometimes painful memories, as well as the echoes of the past still found in their present-day lives. This is a touching, worthwhile portrait that makes us think about our own choices and how they have shaped our path through life.” – Véronique Bonacorsi – Fragments urbains.

The documentary Stone Story […] takes a fascinating look at the art of making unorthodox life choices, especially as a parent.” – Silvia Galipeau – La Presse.

The film is not focused solely on its protagonist: it includes a dialogue with his children and his ex-wife, putting their points of view in perspective and giving us a clearer view of the big picture. It is a structure reminiscent of the ensemble film, forcing the hero to confront his choices, but without judgment.” Martin Gignac- Le Journal Metro.

Benefitting from the luminous cinematography of Hervé Baillargeon and mesmerizing music by Freeworm, Stone Story is about freedom, the choices we make, and the risks that can arise from those choices.” Martin Gignac- Le journal Metro.

With his ‘halftone’ approach, Fourestié reveals the extent to which shadow zones are always balanced by bright sunlight.” – Luc Laporte-Rainville – Ciné-Bulles.

 

Rianne John Leads Lab Museum to Second Round Playoff Rout of MLK


By Jerry Del Priore

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Senior Forward Rianne John powers Lab Museum to playoff win over MLK with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Senior forward Rianne John enjoyed a stellar game, posting 14 points and nine rebounds in the top-seeded Lady Gators’ 68-17 thrashing of No. 32 Martin L. King Jr. High School in the second round of the Class “A” girls playoffs Wednesday evening at home.

Lab Museum’s victory over the Lady Knights, a former Manhattan powerhouse, proved important for the program, as it signified a shift in borough girls’ basketball power, according to head coach Michael Lloyd.

“MLK win was big for us,” Lloyd explained. “Three years ago (2013-14), they were champs and team to beat. Beating them is like the changing of guards in Manhattan.”

Sophomore guard Dasha Goodman chipped in with 11 points, four assists and four rebounds while freshman guard Nina Hennessey added 10. Sophomore guard Kayla Bridgeman had a solid contest, dropping nine points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out three helpers in the commanding win.

The Lady Gators host No. 17 The Scholars Academy on Thursday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the third round of the post-season.

Joshua Freeman Builds Winner, Honors Late Mother Through Basketball at East Side Community HS


By Jerry Del Priore

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East Side Community point guard Joshua Freeman gets ready for tip off!

Joshua Freeman could’ve have attended any number of top New York City high school hoop programs after completing the eighth grade at East Side Community, a sixth to twelfth grade small school on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

But Freeman was moved by the love and support he received from his middle school basketball coach Chris Osorio and ESC staff after he said his mother Nicole suddenly passed away from a brain disease in her mid-forties when he was 14.

Plus, Freeman wanted to make an immediate impact. Therefore, he felt ESC was his best bet.

“People can make it anywhere, as long as they put the hard work in,” Freeman, 17, said. “I didn’t want to just say I went to a big school, and not get to really develop being under somebody until junior or senior year.

“I had to trust the backup I had already here, people already pushing me. I already had people caring for what I was doing, people that didn’t want to see me on the streets. People that wanted to see me in the gym.”

So, Freeman stayed put at ESC, though it wasn’t easy at first. Since his father is a greyhound bus driver, requiring long periods of time away from home, Freeman moved in with his sister Khaliefa, who lives in East New York, Brooklyn.

Now, he had to travel a bit. In a new environment in the “Borough of Kings,” forcing to adjust on the fly, Freeman could’ve easily lost focus, and quit basketball and floundered in school.

However, it never happened. One of the reasons why it didn’t was his then-guidance counselor and now-coach Vernon Johnson, whom he had to lean on during his arduous tribulation

“When he was going through that tough time we just let him know we would help him anyway we can,” said Johnson, who is now an assistant principal at ESC. “I’ve known him since he was in the sixth grade. So, anyway I could help, I was always there to support him.”

Freeman knew in his heart that he needed to continue playing. The thought of life without hoops, especially at ESC, was too difficult to bare, on top of the devastating pain of losing his mother.

“I always knew basketball was something I really wanted to do,” the affable Freeman explained. “There were times I was sad and I really wanted her back, but I never thought about throwing basketball away because of all this. That would just make me sad because basketball is what I love to play. Losing both at the same time, I don’t even know what I’d do if I wasn’t playing basketball.”

To honor her memory, Freeman said he changed his number from five to two, because his mother was born on October 2nd.

In addition, as part of his pregame rituals, he jumps up and slaps the backboard because, “that would be like me high fiving her up there (in heaven). And then I touch my number. That is just me telling her this game is for you.”

Freeman said he believes his mother would’ve been proud of his accomplishments on the hardwood and in the classroom, where he’s a top student at ESC. The six-foot, 155-pound junior hopes to study business and hoop it up at Bryant University, a college in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which plays in the NCAA’s Division I Northeast Conference.

But Freeman, who applied for a summer internship at Morgan Stanley and is already taking college courses at Hunter College, said he’s open to entertaining any opportunity out there.

After leading the Tigers to a 13-1 record and capturing the PSAL’s Manhattan B South 1 division title, Johnson said his dynamic point guard has put the school on the city’s high school basketball radar, one blip at a time.

Freeman led the conference with 93 assists, third in points (227), points per game (17.76), and tied for seventh in rebounds (82).

The coaching staff feels extremely fortunate to have him on the team and at the school, including assistant Kerisa Jones.

“He’s definitely something special, on and off the court,” Jones, former ESC head coach, emphasized. “I am always blown away, watching him play, watching him in the classroom, hearing him speak. He always inspires you.”

Johnson concurs, adding that he’s on the cusp of Gotham hoops stardom.

“He is the best kept secret in NYC high school basketball,” he said. “You’re going to hear about Joshua Freeman all throughout the playoffs. He has already taken us to a place we haven’t been this year, as far as winning a division title. I feel like this year, he’s going to put us on an even higher level, and we’re going to make a lot of noise. And he’s going to be a reason why we make that noise.”

There’s no doubt that Nicole’s smiling down on her son.

13-seeded ESC will host No. 52 Cambria Heights Academy on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m. in the first round of the Class “B” post-season.

Long Island Ducks Sign Former Brooklyn Cyclone Hurler Jim Fuller


By Jerry Del Priore

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Jim Fuller while with the Indianapolis Indians in 2016.

The Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League have announced the recent signing of former Brooklyn Cyclone left-handed pitcher Jim Fuller.

Selected in the 21st round of the 2008 amateur draft, Fuller, 29, posted a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings or work that same year with the Cyclones, the short-season A affiliate of the New York Mets.

In 2009, the Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Ct) product was a mid-season All-Star with the Cyclones, registering 67 strikeouts in 63 innings by season’s end.

The hard-throwing Fuller was also a mid-season and post-season All-Star in 2010 with the Savannah Sand Gnats, the former Mets full-season A club.

Fuller spent a total of five seasons with New York, going 27-19 during that span. Plagued by an arm injury in 2011, he missed the entire season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Overall, the Brighton, Massachusetts native has pitched for four different MLB organizations during his career, most recently with the Indianapolis Indians, the International League (IL) AAA team of the Pittsburg Pirates, in 2016.

During the 2015 campaign, Fuller went 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA with 34 whiffs in 27 contests with the Nashville Sounds (AAA, Athletics) after being promoted from Double-A Midland.

 

 

Jamie Feinman: 96 Career Victories and Counting with Lab Museum Girls Hoops


By Jerry Del Priore

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Lab Museum senior forward Jamie Feinman shoots a free throw at basketball tournament in January.

Senior forward Jamie Feinman has made a habit out of winning with Lab Museum United basketball program in Chelsea, Manhattan.

After the top-seeded Lady Gators routed no. 32 Martin L. King, 68-17, in the first round of the PSAL Girls Class ‘A’ playoffs Wednesday night, Feinman notched her 96th win with the school.

The five-foot-nine, 150-pound senior is one of the most triumphant players in program history, according to head coach Michael Lloyd, who’ve both been a part of the team since her freshman year at the school in the 2013-14 season.

Feinman didn’t think she would make the squad, let alone start the first two tilts that campaign, but her coachability and diligent work attitude made an impression on the then-first-year coach.

“I remember when she came to tryouts,” Lloyd fondly recalled. “She just approached basketball with hard work. She did everything I asked her to do. Whether it was boxing out, rebounding, taking the ball out, she never complained, worked hard, and just is a joy to coach.”

Though Feinman has racked up several victories throughout her high school hoops career, she believes, along with the rest of the team, it has more wins to add to her career slate this season.

Last year’s playoff defeat to Tottenville ended Lab Museum’s season unceremoniously, leaving her with an emotional reaction she didn’t expect.

“I really didn’t think it was going to affect me as much as it did,” the Manhattan, Upper East Side native recollected. “The next day in school, people were like, “Good game,” and I completely started bawling. I was crying for four periods. I couldn’t talk to anyone.”

This time, however, Feinman feels things will be different for the Lady Gators as she said the coaching staff and girls have rallied together more effectively for the sole sake of going deep in the postseason.

“Lloyd and (assistant coach) Harris are coaching this differently than last year,” said Feinman, who is Penn State-bound next fall to study sports management. “We’re trying to not have the same stuff happen again. A lot of it (last year) was focused on unnecessary drama, and not winning. This year, we’re focused on winning.”

And Feinman will get a chance to add to her win total as Lab Museum hosts, on Thursday March 2, the winner of the Townsend Harris-Scholars Academy second round playoff game today in Flushing at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Lab Museum Girls Basketball Eyes Deep 2017 Playoff Run


By Jerry Del Priore

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Lab Museum United Varsity Head Coach Michael Lloyd maps out strategy for his team early in the season.

After completed a highly successful hoops campaign, in which the Lady Gators captured the PSAL Manhattan “Class A” divisional title with a 18-0 record (22-2 overall) and earning the top seed in the conference, head coach Michael Lloyd said his squad’s primed to go deep into the post-season.

“I feel very confident,” Lloyd said. “I feel that this group we have, we have the pieces to play the last game (in the finals).”

Last season, Lab Museum suffered an early 67-64 exit to Staten Island’s Tottenville in the second round of the playoffs. It’s something that Lloyd said the Lady Gators have learned from and are firing on all cylinders at just the right time of year.

“I think we learned from last year’s experience, the early playoff loss. I thought, coming into the year, we had the potential to do really well. And we’re starting to come together. Things are clicking, and we’re gelling.”

A big reason for Lloyd’s confidence in his team is the solid contributions he’s received from his five first-year players, including the four freshmen on the squad (Beatrice Casey, Nina Hennessey, Anna Kitch and Princess Lam) and his budding standout sophomore guard Kayla Bridgeman (12.95 ppg).

Plus, the return of the team’s strong core: sophomore Dasha Goodman, junior Delilah Kalle, and seniors Rianne John and Jamie Feinman, along with role players junior Wei Jing Zhang and sophomore Melanie Earle.

In league games, Kalle led the club with 15.35 ppg in 14 contests, as Lloyd had her rest her slightly bum knee down the stretch. In overall tilts (league and non-league), however, Goodman paced the team in scoring.

On the boards, John recorded a team-high with 8.95 rpg in 18 league contests while the athletic Bridgeman picked up 7.4 rpg in the same amount played.  

Kalle, who manned the point guard position for a good portion of the campaign, was tops in assists with 5.4 pg in conference play.

Assistant coach Catherine Harris believes the decided factor in improvement over last year’s squad is the more cohesive bond Lab Museum has formed.

“I think this team right now, we kind of reached our potential, and came together more as team this year,” Harris explained. “Last year, we had a lot of players that could score, but as a group, as a team, I think this team has gelled. The comradery and boding we have this year gives us a whole different look.”

The Lady Gators await the winners of the Martin L. King-Adlai Stevenson’s game Tuesday at MLK, to determine their second-round post-season opponent, with the game taking place at Lab Museum. Start time is between 4:30-5:00 p.m.