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A pair of brothers from Grand Island, Nick Rastelli, 17, and Tony Rastelli, 15, earned third-place finishes at the U.S. Senior National Judo Championships in Florida last month.

Both will compete in the 16th annual Am-Can International Tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Audubon Center in Amherst. The Am-Can event attracts about 800 competitors from across the East.

The Rastelli brothers will travel Monday to Goteborg, Sweden, with the U.S. Junior Olympic team to compete in an international meet June 2-3.

Nick is a black belt, Tony a brown belt. Two of their sisters, Tina and Anita, also are black belts.
A summer hockey league featuring area high school, college and junior league players will begin its 14-game season June 2 at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga. The eight-team league will play through the end of August.

The games, free and open to the public, will be played at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sundays, 6 and 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
The Niagara Pioneer International Tournament will host 94 youth soccer teams this year, the most in its three-year history.

The tournament, to be held July 8-9 at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, has received registrations for teams from nine states and Ontario. Openings remain in the boys under-10, under-15 and under-16 divisions and girls under-12, under-15, under-16 and under-19, with a June 1 deadline for entries. Teams wishing to enter should call Mike Shaw at 754-8843 or 845-2041.
Michael J. Ryan of North Tonawanda recently received the Clarence A. Hackett Memorial Trophy from the Buffalo and Tonawanda Power Boat Association in recognition of his work in promoting the 1988 Niagara Challenge hydroplane boat race.

Ryan was cited for bringing in corporate sponsors to finance the event and for gaining coverage of the race on the ESPN cable sports network. Ryan also is helping to promote this year's Niagara Challenge, to be held July 22-23 at Isle View Park in Tonawanda.
Andrijan Smaic of Amherst finished third in the 20-24 division with a time of 2:01:47 in the Bud Lite U.S. Triathlon Series in Miami, Fla. The event will air on ESPN June 14.

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