Queens men take home top prizes at sit-down arm wrestling competition


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Even Mother Nature couldn’t keep New York’s strongest from showing what they got at an arm wrestling competition in Flushing over the weekend, the city’s first sit-down tournament in 12 years.

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Steve Piorkowski, energetic Bayside coach, dies from cancer at 54


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Photo courtesy of Steve Piorkowski's family

Steve Piorkowski, a Bayside High School softball and basketball coach known throughout the athletic league for his winning teams and his determination to fight a life-threatening disease, died at 54 after struggling with cancer for three years.

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Where to watch the Big Game in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Play in Elmhurst and Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria

With New Year’s Eve a distant memory, it’s time for Americans to consider their Super Bowl Sunday plans. With which best friends, in what atmosphere, and with what booze and grub specials are you planning to maximize the winner-take-all extravaganza? Feb. 1 is creeping up on us all, so here are a few locales in Queens we deem nothing short of awesomely appropriate for the game.

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No reason why Christ the King and Cardozo shouldn’t play every year


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Larry Fleisher

Last March, Christ the King and Cardozo were trying to advance to the state federation championship game in Albany. The Royals wound up winning a 54-51 overtime thriller in a game that featured Rawle Alkins hitting the game-tying three-pointer in regulation and Ray Salnave scoring 20 points for Cardozo. Eventually, Christ the King won consecutive state federation titles for the first time in program history.

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Cardozo senior to play on NFL gridiron


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dawn Perry

Miltiadis (Milton) Kaplanidis received one of the coveted spots on the 2015 U.S. Select Team that faces the International Federation of American Football World Team at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 31. He is among 57 varsity high school football players to be selected to play at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cardozo basketball coach notches his 700th victory with more to come


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Cardozo basketball Facebook page

Ron Naclerio keeps scorebooks of every game that he has ever coached, including his first win Nov. 30, 1981, a 56-40 victory over Aviation. That was his only victory in his first season coaching Cardozo as the youngest coach in the PSAL. At the time Naclerio wasn’t thinking about getting 699 more wins or looking 33 years ahead.

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Douglaston teen is pitching for a good cause


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Michael Petze

Michael Petze is like most other 14-year-olds in that he loves baseball. However, now he is using his baseball skills to raise money for his cousin, Anthony, 24, an athlete with Down’s Syndrome.

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Commodores boys basketball playing catch-up


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Bayside’s Ryniek Holloway steps up to the foul line

It’s approaching 5 p.m. on Dec. 18, and Bayside is minutes away from facing off against Cardozo. Students line up in the small entrance to the school near Corporal Kennedy Street in anticipation of a big game and upon entering the tiny gym, they’re greeted with blaring music, creating the feel of a college environment.

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The next level


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Omari Maynard

High School of Construction does not have the tradition that Cardozo, Campus Magnet and Bayside have accumulated over the years. The school has existed for less than a decade and is in its second season competing in Queens AA — the highest level of borough basketball.

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