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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  A nine-year basketball rivalry between two Downtown middle schools culminated in the season’s final showdown between the Manhattan Academy of Technology and I.S. 289. “It’s a big rivalry,” said eighth grader Daniela Zirpolo, an M.A.T. Dragons’ team captain, and the only varsity player to be on the team since sixth grade. […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Battery Park City Authority officials are not calling Sandy a “perfect storm,” but they do say it was a once-in-a-century type event that could sideline the neighborhood ballfields for six months or longer. Mathew Monahan, the authority’s spokesperson, said the fields were designed to withstand all but a 100-year storm, which […]

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The Dragons and Cougars battled it out in a basketball showdown between two of Lower Manhattan’s middle schools Dec. 14. The Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons in Chinatown and Battery Park City’s I.S. 289’s Cougars girls teams played first followed by the boys teams. I.S. 289’s Lady Cougars, coached by Manhattan Youth, started strong in […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  After years of frustration for parents and teachers, Millennium High School will finally be able provide its students with more adequate space for physical education. NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has allocated $400,000 to Millennium to replace old exercise equipment and undertake a full-scale renovation of the school’s auditorium, which […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photos by Aline Reynolds ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Coach Erik Groszyk (in white), who played at Harvard with Knicks star Jeremy Lin, leads Poly Prep eighth grader Hassan Folks through a drill at Leman Prep in Lower Manhattan last Saturday. BY ALINE REYNOLDS & JOHN BAYLES  |  No one could’ve predicted the buzz […]

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On a chilly fall evening, the undefeated Kansas City Wizards, comprised entirely of 13-year-olds, faced the younger Colorado Rapids. Christopher Baez played his best game of the season for the Wizards, with consistent, strong boots and nice passing — including a pass to Adrian Dillulio, who continued the downfield drive to Nick Winokur. Winokur, whose hat trick […]

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The Downtown Little League (DLL) started off their tournament season with a scrimmage against the Greenwich Village Little League (GVLL) at their home turf at J.J. Walker Field on June 24. After a disastrous first inning for the DLL team that could’ve been attributed to nerves, the DLL team came back. Not only did they […]

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