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High School Beat: Champion 'Splitters top Clinton in opener

Last year, the Railsplitters were the hunters, marching through a perfect season with one lofty goal in mind: to deliver Lincoln's first city football title in over two decades.

After fulfilling their destiny as the Brooklyn school's first gridiron champion since 1990, coach Shawn O'Connor's battle-tested unit finds itself in an unfamiliar role this season, that of the hunted.

If Week 1 of the Public School Athletic League season is any indicator, the Railsplitters appear primed and ready for that challenge as well.


Boro presidents at war over waterfront Ferris wheel

The borough president of Staten Island wants to bring the world’s largest Ferris wheel (which he calls an observation wheel) to the island — but Borough President Marty Markowitz wants it for Coney Island.

Staten Island's James Molinaro said developers approached him two years ago about erecting the 600-foot-tall wheel at St. George, the northernmost part of the island, "and I said I was 110 percent for it.”

Playoff-bound: Cyclones clinch wild card despite season-ending loss

The Cyclones found out before they even hit the field for Wednesday night's regular-season finale that they were headed to the playoffs for a fourth straight year, thanks to hard-charging Batavia's 1-0 loss to Jamestown in the opener of a doubleheader earlier in the day.

That afforded Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly the opportunity to line up his rotation for the upcoming best-of-3 first-round playoff series with league-leading McNamara Division champion Hudson Valley.

Soldier gets medal — 51 years later

Paul Birkelund stood at attention as Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) pinned a National Defense Service medal on his chest. The brief ceremony, which took place in Grimm’s Brooklyn district office on Sept. 4, was 51 years in the making.


Last chance: Cyclones' playoff hopes hinge on season finale

There was no joy in "Cyclonville" Tuesday night as the 6,191 Brooklyn faithful who showed up to watch a playoff celebration instead went home wondering if the Baby Bums would need a respirator to revive their suddenly tenuous postseason hopes.

Cyclones shortstop Phillip Evans, for one, isn't panicking.

One to go: Brooklyn on brink of clinching NY-Penn playoff spot

The Cyclones used a familiar formula to move within one victory or one Batavia loss of clinching the New York-Penn League Wild Card during their 4-1 victory over visiting Lowell Monday night at MCU Park.

While the red-hot Muckdogs (44-30) were losing for the first time in 10 games, 5-3, to Auburn, the resilient Baby Bums (45-29) got just enough timely hitting and big-game pitching to hold off the upset-minded Spinners, shaving their magic number to secure a postseason spot for the fourth consecutive season to one.

Cyclones in striking distance of wild card spot

As of press time for this story, the Cyclones hold the fate of their season in their own hands just needing one win to clinch a wild card spot for the New York Penn League playoffs, a feat that they have often found difficult to do at home this season.


Boy oh Boyd!: Slugger homers again as Cyclones top Renegades

Those who wondered how the Cyclones would survive the heat of the pennant race without their leading hitter, Cole Frenzel, needed only look to the young man who took his position at first base last month.

Jayce Boyd, a member of Florida State's College World Series team earlier this year, continues to step up when it matters most for the New York-Penn League wild-card leaders as evidenced by his big performance in Wednesday night's come-from-behind 7-4 victory over McNamara Division-leading Hudson Valley before 5,525 fans at Dutchess Stadium.


Brighton, Slope subway stations go trashcan-less

Every transit rider does it at one time or another.

He buys coffee, tea or soda before he enters the subway, gets on the train, and sips his drink during the long train ride.

Then, at the station where he leaves the train, he disposes of the container in a trashcan on the subway platform.

However, if the MTA has its way, there will be fewer and fewer places on the subway system where you can do this.

Starting on Sunday, Sept. 2, MTA New York City Transit is expanding its pilot program to remove trashcans from stations.

Holding on: Cyclones pull out extra-inning win in Aberdeen

After nearly 30 years coaching at the Major League level and in his second summer as manager of the Mets' Class A short-season affiliate on Coney Island, Rich Donnelly doesn't have to pull any punches when it comes to describing what he sees on a ballfield.

"We have a bad offense," the Cyclones' 66-year-old skipper noted last week as his youthful squad continued to struggle at the plate while holding on for dear life to the New York-Penn League's wild-card spot.



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