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Cooper Pontelandolfo and an NCAA referee stand in the center of the frame. An NCAA Wrestling banner runs through the length of the background, below spectators in the bleachers.

Wrestling All-American freshman Pontelandolfo thrives despite adversity

Following a historic individual season culminating in a sixth-place finish in the 165-pound weight class of the NCAA Division III Championships, Cooper Pontelandolfo reflects on the strength of his team and the importance of resiliency.
Summer Steadman, Staff Writer April 4, 2022

While wrestling is a team sport, its athletes compete individually. It creates a nuanced dynamic that differs from the traditional image of a team sport, but that still necessitates...

A student baseball player wearing a white uniform with the NYU logo and number 20 is throwing a baseball. The stadium has green seats and brown dirt on the field.

Violets baseball undefeated with 9-0 season start

Powerful offense and clean pitching yielded five wins in the Sunshine State for the Violets, who have now won their last nine games.
Sydney Barragan, UTA Publishing Editor March 22, 2022

NYU Violets baseball returned undefeated from a five-game spring break road trip to Florida for a perfect 9-0 start to the season.  Their trip started in Bradenton, Florida,...

NYU baseball player Grant Berman follows through on his swing after hitting a pitch. He wears a purple jersey and white pants cuffed at the knee to reveal purple socks. On the right, a catcher crouches on the ground in an all-white uniform.

NYU baseball comes out swinging 726 days later

After almost two years off the field, NYU Violets baseball returned with a dominant doubleheader sweep against John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Sydney Barragan, UTA Publishing Editor March 11, 2022

On Saturday, the NYU baseball team opened its 2022 season against John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a doubleheader. It was their first return to action since March 9, 2020,...

Belle Pellecchia dribbles a basketball across the court toward the basket. She is wearing an all-white uniform with her hair pulled back in a ponytail. Around her is one of her teammates and two players from the opposing team

Q&A: Basketball freshman phenom Pellecchia on season awards, tournament hopes and Sue Bird

After a regular season that netted multiple University Athletic Association honors, the NYU Women’s Basketball freshman guard has carried this momentum into a promising title run.
Summer Steadman , Contributing Writer March 9, 2022

The NYU women’s basketball team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament after securing double digit wins over Washington and Lee University and Bates...

NYU Women’s Volleyball celebrates their 2021 University Athletic Association Conference Championship victory over Emory University. This win was part of a historic season for the team. (Image courtesy of Abby Ausmus)

A first-year and a senior on NYU women’s volleyball’s historic season

NYU women’s volleyball went on a dominant regular-season that took them to the NCAA Division III tournament. Dominique Drust and Abby Ausmus sat down with Sports Editor Mitesh Shrestha to discuss what the season meant to them.
Mitesh Shrestha, Sports Editor December 10, 2021

First-year Dominique Drust and senior Abby Ausmus provide their perspectives on their team’s dominant 2021 season. Drust provided an immediate impact as she finished second on...

Oliver Kleban is a senior on the men’s soccer team. NYU’s student-athletes returned to practice and competitions after experiencing NYU and NCAA COVID-19 restrictions during the 2020-21 school year. (Image courtesy of NYU Athletics)

NYU soccer 2021 recap: rekindling the love of the game

The NYU soccer program’s emotionally charged return to the pitch is shown through the resiliency of the women’s season and the dramatic nature of the men’s season.
Luca Richman, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

With COVID-19 and the accompanying often-suffocating NYU and NCAA restrictions beginning to recede, NYU’s student athletes returned to practice and competition in full force...

Tom Thibodeau is the head coach for the New York Knicks. While Thibodeau has earned the 2020-21 NBA Coach of the Year Award, he has failed to maximize the talent on the roster. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Bing bong, Thibs is wrong for the Knicks

After a surprising playoff appearance last season, New York Knicks fans entered the 2021-22 NBA season with frenzied optimism. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has so far failed to meet these higher expectations.
Daniel Haas, Contributing Writer December 9, 2021

The New York Knicks shocked the NBA last season by finishing as the fourth seed in the 15-team Eastern Conference. Head coach Tom Thibodeau received much of the credit for the...

The Park Slope Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of many martial arts training centers that offer lessons for children. Martial arts is becoming a popular after-school activity for kids. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

The newest masters of MMA: Park Slope children

MMA is an increasingly popular after-school activity among children in Park Slope.
Ryan Walker , Social Media Editor December 6, 2021

Like clockwork, everyday at 5:15 p.m., street corners in Park Slope flood with children dressed in pristine white uniforms adorned with colorful belts.  “Do you want to do...

The 2021-22 season has not only been full of drama, but it also brought a rule change on fouls. The new rule makes it harder for an offensive player to deliberately draw a foul. (Staff Illustration by Ryan Kawahara, Images via Wikimedia Commons)

New season, new rules, new era for the NBA?

The NBA’s latest rule change for the 2021-22 season will have a significant impact on the league’s brightest stars.
Daniel Haas, Contributing Writer November 22, 2021

Before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, the league announced a significant rule change amending the officiating guidelines on “ … overt, abrupt or abnormal non-basketball...

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle spoke at the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball school gym in the Bronx to celebrate his #30 for 3! campaign. Through his partnership with the school, Randle plans to donate $500 for every three-pointer he makes in the season, which will assist the school in developing its academic programs. (Staff Photo by Mitesh Shrestha)

Knicks star Randle pledges support for Bronx basketball school

Julius Randle visited the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School on Nov. 9 to announce his campaign to donate to the school for each 3-pointer he scores this season.
Mitesh Shrestha, Sports Editor November 16, 2021

Early in a Tuesday afternoon last week, the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School gym was filled with the reverberating echoes of students screaming, basketballs bouncing...

The 2021-2022 NBA season commenced on Oct. 19. With the start of the new season comes a lot of drama. (Staff Illustration by Ryan Kawahara, Images via Wikimedia Commons)

Keeping up with the NBA: the 75th anniversary

Recapping the best of the league’s drama and storylines as the 2021-22 NBA season continues.
Mitesh Shrestha, Sports Editor November 11, 2021

Phoenix Suns: Drama in the desert: Sarver’s last stand with the NBA The Phoenix Suns’ sudden accession last season caught the entire league by surprise. They ended a decade-long...

The New York Knicks surprised fans last season with their early success. Still, there are a number of steps that they could take in order to improve further this season. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

How the Knicks can follow up on last season’s unexpected success

After overachieving last season, the Knicks are looking to further improve and make a deep playoff run this season. Here are some key points the team should focus on to reach that goal.
Ethan Hourizadeh, Staff Writer October 25, 2021

The early success of the Knicks last season came as a surprise. Led by breakout star Julius Randle, an improving RJ Barrett, a rejuvenated Derrick Rose and one of the deepest benches...