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SWIMMING STRENGTH, DESPITE SUB-PAR POOL

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Like most swimmers, the members of the Hunter College High School boys’ swim team dream of things like perfectly executed turns, quick starts off the blocks and championship banners. Unlike most of their competitors, though, the Hawks also have a more prosaic dream: a fully equipped, regulation-size pool. “Our pool situation is a very big [&hellip
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BIG TALENT AT JUNIOR OPEN

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For a high-level competitor heading in to the semifinal match of a big tournament, Mason Ripka had a somewhat surprising air of nonchalance. For a 12-year-old, on the other hand, the relaxed demeanor was pretty much par for the course
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HARDSCRABBLE ATHLETE MEETS GLOBAL TALENT

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In the world squash scene, the United States doesn’t even register as a provincial backwater; it is a blip, a minuscule speed bump compared to powerhouse countries like England, Egypt, Australia and Pakistan. At least that was the reality facing Chris Gordon eight years ago when, as a precocious and promising young American squash player, [&hellip
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HUNTER HAWKS TAKE DOWN AUSSIE VISITORS

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Twice, members of the Hunter College High School boys’ basketball team said “all the way” when talking about their hopes for the current season. First assistant coach John Valinotti used the phrase, and then junior captain Len Chenfeld did the same a few minutes later. Even for a good team, it was a bit presumptive. [&hellip
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COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL CHAMPS

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The winter scholastic sports season, always unique in how it straddles the holidays and some vacation time, offers a worthy moment for reflection about a month into proceedings. For some, the results are mixed. Others are already putting together winning seasons. And for the rest, it’s probably too early to tell. For now, all eyes [&hellip
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HUNTER HAWKS PUT ON BEST SHOW IN YEARS

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A year ago, Devin Leahy was a little-used freshman on one of the worst college soccer teams in New York City. Now, thanks to his key efforts in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championship game on Nov. 8, Hunter College’s soccer team is the toast of the town. Hunter finished the [&hellip
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SPEEDY SISTERS TEAR UP THE TRACK

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One day in the summer of 2000, Peter Walsh decided to take up marathon running. And being a fatherly sort, he allowed his two young daughters, Dana and Alice, to tag along on a training run. “He thought we were falling behind and kept stopping, but three miles into it we were still right with [&hellip
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HUNTER’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM FALLS SHORT IN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT

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The Public Schools Athletic League’s postseason volleyball tournament, a sprawling 51-team, double-bracket affair, takes place entirely in the subterranean gyms of Hunter College on 695 Park Avenue. And the result on Saturday, when all 19 first-round games took place on three hectic, crowded courts, was a mini-cauldron of excitement and emotion, screams of joy and [&hellip
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BITTERSWEET END TO BREARLEY VOLLEYBALL SEASON

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Their 2-1 loss Nov. 7 to Horace Mann was probably not the best game the members of The Brearley School volleyball team played this season. They suffered their third and final defeat of the fall, and the aftermath thus involved team huddles, plenty of hugs and some tears. But the young (if the cliché may [&hellip
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