2010-08-06 / Sports

Rockaway Old Timers Host 2010 Basketball Reunion

The founders of the Rockaway Old Timers Basketball Event, Robert Shabazz and K.B. Young, both former residents of Rockaway, had decided to merge the Function at the Junction Old Timers Event with the basketball Old Timers game to bring everyone together at one location this year.

It was a hot and clear day this year for the third annual Old Timers Basketball Reunion at Bays-water Park.

The youth game featured the Sorrentino Youth Center vs. the Elevation Hawks from Browns-ville in Brooklyn. The leading scorer was Jason Hodges with 12 points as Sorrentino beat the Ele-vation Hawks, 47-31.

Halftime show was the Amethyst School Martial Arts International of Far Rockaway, under the leadership of Soke Runako Mashama, demonstrating techniques in self defense.

The Old Timers Day celebration kicked off with Peewee Kirkland, a legend of the Harlem Rucker Tournament, honoring basketball legends of the Rockaway peninsula. The honorees of the first ever induction into the 2010 Rockaway Old Timers Hall of Fame were Kelly C. Utley Jr., Hubert “Biff” Moor-er and Mel Utley. They are all former or present residents of the Rockaways who made their life a success through basketball.

Following the induction was the third annual Old Timers Basketball Game, East vs. West, as the East won by a narrow margin of 44-42. The East MVP was David “Blue” Rouster and the West MVP was Lawrence Davis.

Th-e halftime show was the Pepper Steppers, under the direction of Stan Brown, who has been a standout in the community with the group of males and females who travel worldwide entertaining folks in Double Dutch competitions.

Awards were then given to the Most Valuable Play-ers, and trophies to all participants.

The organizers of the event would like to thank all of their sponsors this year for a successful event and say they will be working on a larger venue for 2011.

For further information about the Rockaway Old Timers Basketball Reunion and upcoming venues, go to http://www.rockawayoldtimersreunions.com or email questions@rockawayoldtimersreunion.com. The Rockaway Old Timers can also be contacted by phone at 347-625-9367.

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