"Everybody in the restaurant with us was in shock…happy" said sophomore Guard Sean Armand of the Iona Gaels.
Armand was describing the emotions when Iona's name flashed up on the screen during the CBSSports NCAA Selection Sunday Show.
"We were in the Smokehouse on North Avenue", said Scott Machado. "We were very emotional, just happy…we're really excited, all my teammates just excited, ready to go."
In a selection sending shockwaves across the world of basketball punditry, Iona College has been selected for the NCAA Tournament. Iona will play BYU in a play-in game for the West Regional and the right to a 14-seed in the region. The game will be played in Dayton, OH on Wednesday night with the winner scheduled to face 3-seed Marquette. The game is the only tournament game scheduled for Tuesday at 9 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally.Read more
From the opening tip in this evening's winner-take all, one game District III final, it was clear that this was to be the Monroe Mustangs men's basketball team's night. They began the game with three three-pointers from three different players and never looked back. After nine minutes at was 26-7 and at half they had a commanding 43-18 lead on their way to a dominating 88-55 win over Hagerstown, CC (MD) to win the NJCAA Division I Men's District III basketball championship and earn their third consecutive berth in the National Tournament being held March 20-24 in Hutchinson, KS. Box Score Read about it in the Herald MailRead more
In a bizarre twist to the recent melee in front of the Tropicana night club in New Rochelle a man in the crowd later sought treatment at Sound Shore Medical Center for pain in his back. The pain turned out to be a gunshot wound.
On Friday, Talk of the Sound reported that between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on the morning of March 9th, police responded to reports of fighting outside the The Tropicana, located at 444 North Avenue. Eight police officers responded to an unruly crowd of 150 people, many students from Monroe College and their friends, many of them from the Bronx and Brooklyn. The crowd was often threatening and belligerent towards the officers.
The NRPD dispersed the crowd by directing them to leave the scene, heading south on North Avenue. Police closed off intersections for what turned into an impromptu parade as police in about a dozen vehicles escorted the crowd along the route back towards their dorms and apartments. At least two arrests were made.
Talk of the Sound has since learned that as the crowd moved along North Avenue, a man approached police and told them his back hurt. The man refused an offer of medical assistance from police. He continued walking with the crowd.
A short time later, police responded to information from staff at Sound Shore Medical Center that they had a patient with a bullet in their back. Police identified the man as the same person who had reported pain in his back on North Avenue.
More with video after the jump.Read more
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Former Mount Vernon Superintendent Welton L. “Tony” Sawyer lost his job this week and was formerly separated from the district after school board trustees learned that he was involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher who he had promoted to an administrative position without informing the school board and for which the teacher was not qualified, sources tell Talk of the Sound.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Mount Vernon Board of Education reached a settlement agreement with Sawyer which the district refused to make public. The Journal News reports that it has filed a Freedom of Information Law request seeking to obtain the document describing the settlement agreement.
The Mount Vernon Board of Trustees suspended Sawyer without explanation on November 4th, 2011. He was replaced by former Mount Vernon Director of Pupil Personnel Waveline Bennett-Conroy who has been serving as acting-Superintendnet since November.
The basis for the suspension last fall has been a closely guarded secret. After approving the deal, board trustees refused to discuss any aspect of the case. Trustee Leonard Sarver told the Journal News, “confidentiality dominates the whole process".
That domination of confidentiality is now eroding.Read more
Monroe's two outstanding basketball teams are each one game away from making their National Tournaments and both of those games will be played this Saturday on their home court at the Monroe Athletic Complex (MAC) in New Rochelle, NY. The defending NJCAA Division II Women's National Champion Mustangs will take to the court at 5:00pm for a District-N semifinal against a very good Union County College team and at 7:00pm, Monroe's men's team will face Hagerstown CC in the District III final.Read more
Iona Prep's AP biology class recently visited the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor to perform a molecular genetics laboratory exercise called DNA Restriction Analysis.
On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Iona Prep’s AP biology class visited the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, NY to perform a molecular genetics laboratory exercise called DNA Restriction Analysis. The discovery of restriction enzymes, the scissors of molecular biologists, allowed for a breakthrough into understanding the genetics of organisms. These enzymes are at the heart of recombinant DNA technology, allowing endless new combinations of DNA to be engineered.Read more
SPRINGFIELD, MA - No. 4 seed Fairfield used a hot shooting second half effort to upset the No. 1 Iona College men's basketball team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship semifinal round 85-75. The Stags (19-13) used a late run to hold off the Gaels (25-7).
Iona's "Big Three" of seniors Scott Machado and Mike Glover and junior Lamont Jones scored all but 16 of Iona's 75 points in the loss. Machado posted 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds, Glover had 19 points and eight boards, while Jones recorded 16 points and three assists in the loss.Read more