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Astoria bar to host Nintendo tournament featuring popular ’90s video game

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Photo courtesy of Tecmo NYC

Gamers will have a chance to relive the past on Oct. 17 with the fifth annual New York Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament in Astoria.

Break Bar & Billiards will host the tournament, where gamers are expected to gather from across the country to compete in the popular ’90s video game on the original Nintendo system.

Japanese video game company Tecmo released the game in 1991, and it was ranked one of the top 100 video games by gaming publications Electronic Gaming Monthly, IGN and GamesRadar. It was also named the best sports video game of all time on ESPN’s “The Doug Gottlieb Show.”

Each roster has 30 players with 11 defensive players that cannot be substituted or injured, and 17 offensive players. The game incorporates the exact 1991 NFL regular season schedule, the playoff format and the Pro Bowl game.

Tournament organizer Brian Rausse has been a Temco Super Bowl enthusiast for more than 20 years and got the idea to host a tournament after seeing a flyer for a similar tournament at Break Bar & Billiards in 2011.

“Break seemed like the ideal venue to host a tournament, being a sports bar that caters to gaming in any form, whether they be video games or table games like pool and ping-pong,” Rausse said. “It seemed like a natural fit.”

Rausse said the tournament attracts 30 to 40 participants from several states each year.

People with varying skill levels are encouraged to register and the top three finishers will receive cash prizes. The cash prizes have been about $400 split between the top finishers. All participants can participate in raffles throughout the day, which include an ESPN 30 for 30 BluRay box set, a Tecmo Bowl.org T-shirt and a Barry Sanders throw pillow.  The top three winners each receive their own New York Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament trophy.

The tournament begins with a round-robin, followed by single-elimination bracket play, and all players are guaranteed at least four games.

Interested participants can either pay $30 cash at the door or register online to receive a 20 percent discount. Those looking to brush up on their skills can attend the practice session at Break & Billiards on Oct. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Break Bar & Billiards is located at 32-04 Broadway. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the tournament begins at 11 a.m.


Juniper Valley Park to hold qualifier for citywide bocce tournament

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THE COURIER/File photo

The city’s Parks Department will play host to the qualifying rounds for their Citywide Bocce Tournament on Sept. 12 in parks throughout the five boroughs.

Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village will be the site for the Queens qualifying round. The Bronx tournament will be held at Pelham Bay Park; Brooklyn’s Dyker Beach Park will be that borough’s location; James J. Walker Park will hold the Manhattan qualifier; and Staten Island will play at South Beach Wetlands.

The best teams during the qualifiers will advance to the championship round on Sept. 26 in South Beach, Staten Island, where one borough will be crowned the citywide winner.

Registration for the tournaments is currently open. Adults are welcome to join, either individually or as a group of up to four. Beginners and experienced bocce players are welcome.

For more information or to register, visit the Parks Department website.


BWG teams compete in Memorial Day tournaments

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Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee

Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams competed in several Memorial Day tournaments over the holiday weekend with great success.

U8 Blue played some great soccer in Commack. They were able to compete against older players and finished second place. U8 Blue won games against Boca Soccer and Dutch Soccer, tied New York Stars and lost to Long Island United.

The U10 Royals went undefeated in Massapequa and won first place in that tournament. They played some very close games but were able to win each one of them. On their way to first place, they defeated Massapequa, Port Washington, Garden City and Port Soccer.

The U10 Girls finished in second place in Massapequa with a record of three wins and one loss.

The 2002 Blue team played in the U13 top division tournament. They were victorious against Eastern FC, Long Island United and Massapequa. However, the kids lost 1-0 against West Islip, to take home second place honors.

On the academy side, it was a great weekend for BWG. All three teams shut out Seacoast United from New Hampshire. U14 won 3-0; U16 won 4-0; and U18 won 5-0. U16 is at the top of their division, while U18 moved closer to a playoff spot with the big win.


Former Knicks forward Larry Johnson greets players at Flushing basketball tournament

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Councilmember Peter Koo sponsored a basketball tournament Saturday morning in Flushing, which highlighted a guest appearance by two-time NBA all-star and former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

The third annual Bland Basketball Tournament featured matches with young children, high school players and adults. The goal of the tournament is to bring more players and attention to the basketball court of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) James A. Bland Houses, which are in need of repair.

“I think [basketball] is a good sport. It builds team spirit and this is what America is about, working as a team,” Koo said. “As councilmembers we like to help the community, especially what they call ‘the disadvantaged.’”

Koo donated t-shirts and trophies to the tournament and called Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, to have the former NBA Rookie of the Year Johnson make an appearance.

Johnson, who averaged 16.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds during an 10-year career with the Charlotte Hornets and Knicks, was also the John R. Wooden awardee during the 1990-91 season, which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball. Johnson met the kids and took pictures, then he did the tip off to start the matches.

“With everything going on in New York we just want to fill the courts,” Johnson said. “It means a lot to me; it warms the heart.”

Because the courts are part of the Bland Houses, the jurisdiction falls under NYCHA and not the Parks Department.

Koo has been in touch with the housing authority to get the park revitalized, repainted and fix the court’s slant. He plans to fund the renewal, but is waiting for NYCHA to examine the cost to upgrade the courts. With a revitalized court residents hope more people from the Bland Houses will use it, instead of going elsewhere.

Craig Kinsey, president of the James A. Bland Resident’s Association, said Koo has been instrumental in organizing the tournament and supporting the court revitalization, and has hope that the courts will be upgraded soon.

“It’s very important when you could put a suit and tie on and still talk to regular folk,” Kinsey said of Koo. “I can always count on him.”