Did you know basketball was invented by a Canadian?
James Naismith was born in the mill town of Almonte, Ontario in 1861. After attending McGill in Montreal he moved to the U.S. where he was credited with dreaming up the game of basketball in...
Canton, NY, Mar 29, 2011 — You may not see art in a bunch of sweaty guys playing pickup basketball, but Peter Nelson did. Nelson is a photography professor at St. Lawrence University. He recently moved to the North Country and started playing "noonball", lunchtime basketball that's become a tradition in college and community gymnasiums nationwide.
As a way to get to know his new community better, Nelson staged photographed portraits of the players. The results are on display in a new exhibit called "Two Point Perspective" at SLU's Brush Art Gallery. Nelson will give a talk at a gallery reception tonight at 7:30. David Sommerstein produced this audio montage of the artist and his subjects talking about noonball meeting art. Go to full article
Glens Falls, NY, Mar 04, 2011 — Yesterday, Brian Mann profiled TJ Fredette, a musician and rapper from Glens Falls. His story is gaining attention in large part because of the break-out success of his younger brother, Jimmer Fredette.
Fredette is one of the most dominant guards in college basketball, playing for Brigham Young University. And he has become a kind of hometown hero in Glens Falls.
"The city [of Glens Falls] has been amazing," TJ said. "That's where you want to see it the most."
As we head into the March Madness college basketball tournament, Jimmer Fredette is hoping to lift his school, Brigham Young University, past the first round.
He's also hoping that this year's break-out season will be a step to the NBA. Jim Nelson produced a profile of Jimmer Fredette for NPR's All Things Considered.
Jim Nelson's profile of Jimmer Fredette first aired on All Things Considered last month. Thanks to NPR for their permission to rebroadcast the report. Go to full article
Jimmer Fredette (foreground) and TJ Fredette (Source: TJ Fredette website)
Mar 11, 2008 — Forget about all those bake sales and bottle drives. A hallowed tradition of North Country school fundraisers is donkey basketball. A private company trucks a team of donkeys clad with rubber hoofs to the school gym for hoops, kicks, and lots of bucks. A curious David Sommerstein went to a recent game in St. Lawrence County and sent this story. Go to full article
Mar 15, 2002 — St. Lawrence University's women's basketball team sees its first NCAA Final Four action ever tonight at the NCAA Division III tournament in Terra Haute, Indiana. We spoke with the team's coach, G.P. Gromacki. Go to full article