A native New Yorker, Mike Olson is a die-hard fan of the Mets and the Jets. He has been a digital journalist for seven years in New York and Arizona. He has bachelor's degree in political science from Siena College, and is a master's graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Sure, NFL scouts might have some concerns about drafting Brandon Hepburn this week. His intelligence and character are not among them.
The North Rockland High School alum might very well cure cancer after all.
Hepburn, 23, an inside linebacker who played at Florida A&M, already has graduated with a degree in biochemistry, is a member of the National Honor Society and even discovered...Read more »
After graduating from Saunders High School in Yonkers, Gilbert Pena took four years off from playing football to care for his mother, who was battling cancer.
"I didn't want to leave her alone,” Pena told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in December. “Eighteen years she'd been raising me, taking care of me. The least I could do was go out and get a job and kind of help her around...Read more »
Marist has released its football schedule for the upcoming season. On paper, at least, it’s not the most intimidating slate.
The Red Foxes will face just three teams that had winning records a year ago (Dayton, San Diego and Jacksonville), as well as two first-year programs, Stetson and Mercer. Marist, however, will have to play the entire month of September away from Poughkeepsie.
The...Read more »
As of now, Trent Steelman has a commitment to serve in the Army next year. But take one look at his Twitter profile, and it’s pretty clear he’d rather be lacing up cleats than combat boots this fall.
“Former Army Football QB and (h)opefully get the opportunity to play at the next level,” Steelman’s profile proclaims.
Thanks to a 2008 directive by the Department of Defense, there is a...Read more »
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 »
NBA fans in the Hudson Valley didn't find much reason to cheer for their homegrown stars during the 2012-13 regular season. Injuries, aging and lack of team chemistry took their toll on the veteran players, and two newcomers struggled to make their mark.
Here’s a look at how players with local ties performed this season.
Elton Brand, F/C, Dallas Now 34 years old, Brand saw his minutes...Read more »
When it comes to helping out the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, Devin McCourty is tackling the problem.
The New England Patriots defensive back and Nanuet native announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would donate $100 for each tackle and $200 for every interception he makes next season.
His pledge follows new teammate Danny Amendola’s. The wide receiver...Read more »
Frank Shorter, a pioneer in U.S. marathon running, was walking into a store near the Boston Marathon course when the first of two bombs exploded Monday.
Shorter, who grew up in Middletown and won Olympic gold in 1972, was working that day as a commentator for NBC News. He emerged from the store and soon after headed to the race's medical tent.
"I walked by people being triaged and...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 »
Hudson Valley Home Stand spoke to Ralph Branca on Wednesday, a day after he attended a screening of the film “42” at Yankee Stadium. Branca, now 87, a Mount Vernon native, is one of the characters depicted in the Jackie Robinson biopic. Read more about Branca's role in the film here.
Q: What did you think of the movie?
A: “I thought it was very, very good. I had anticipated it being...Read more »