Hudson Valley Home Stand
A former Marist athlete could very well be selected in the first round of this week's NFL Draft.
Ironically, he never played football for the Red Foxes.
Instead, Menelik Watson, a native of Manchester, England, spent two years on Marist's basketball team. After being redshirted his first season and then averaging just 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds the next year, he decided against returning...Read more »
Jeff Bower was intrigued by the possibility of returning to Marist as the Red Foxes’ head basketball coach, but he needed some convincing before ultimately taking the job.
“When they were interviewing me, I was interviewing them,” Bower said Monday at a news conference formally introducing him as coach. “I wasn’t going to move into a situation that didn’t feel like I had a chance to be successful....Read more »
It’s no wonder Marist couldn’t pass on Jeff Bower as the Red Foxes’ new basketball coach. On paper, he seems to almost have it all.
First of all, Bower, a former New Orleans Hornets coach and general manager, brings an NBA pedigree, which will count for something in the eyes of recruits. He can assure prospective players that he knows what NBA scouts are looking for and that he can groom athletes...Read more »
Joe Nathan, the Texas Rangers’ closer and a Pine Bush High School graduate, joined an exclusive club Monday night, earning his 300th major league save -- but the milestone came with some controversy.
Nathan struck out Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist looking to seal a 5-4 victory in Arlington, Texas. But the final strike appeared to be low and outside, sending Rays manager Joe Maddon storming out of...Read more »
Count a few pro athletes from the Hudson Valley among those who believe Tim Pernetti, who resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday amid a growing abuse scandal, got a raw deal.
New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, a Nanuet native and former Rutgers standout, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, writing, “So RU made Pernetti resign but they are going to keep this clown as...Read more »
Could Iona basketball coach Tim Cluess split for another job?
His name has been tossed around in the media as a logical candidate for the Hofstra opening, and now Cluess is generating some buzz as a possible successor to Mike Rice at Rutgers.
Cluess, 54, has built a strong reputation in the college ranks after leading Iona to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. His run-and-gun...Read more »
Cleanthony Early has played a key role in Wichita State’s Cinderella run, but the Middletown native’s life hasn’t always been a fairy tale.
In July 2010, Early’s older brother, Jamel Glover, drowned while swimming in Schoharie Creek in upstate Charleston. At the time, Early, who starred at Pine Bush High School, was being recruited by junior colleges after he spent a year at a North Carolina...Read more »
Syracuse’s Matt Lyde-Cajuste is one of two Hudson Valley-bred athletes playing in the Final Four.
OK, maybe “playing” is too strong of a word.
Lyde-Cajuste, a senior walk-on who attended Iona Prep, has played just 22 minutes this season. He saw action in only one of the Orange’s NCAA Tournament games so far – their opener, in which they crushed Montana 81-34. So unless Syracuse finds...Read more »
Jabarie Hinds, the former Mount Vernon High School basketball star, is leaving West Virginia University.
Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins announced Monday that Hinds was among three players who will transfer from the program. Hinds’ next destination was not immediately clear.
“I just want to say thank you to my teammates & the fans for the all the love and support I received,” Hinds...Read more »
The Army Black Knights come into the 2013 Patriot League season as co-favorites to win the conference after a dominant 2012 campaign.
Army finished 2012 with an overall record of 41-15, including an 18-2 mark in conference play, finishing in first place in the Patriot League and winning the conference tournament against 2013 co-favorite Holy Cross. The 2012 regular season title was Army’s...Read more »