2003-05-30 / Sports

Pepper Steppers Win At N.Y. State Championships

By Stan Brown
Pepper Steppers Win At N.Y. State Championships

Pepper Steppers Win At N.Y. State Championships

Camay Cardwell, Laquasha Brown, Glennda Thompkins, Stan Brown, Camilla Ensley are just a few members of the Stan Pepper Steppers.Camay Cardwell, Laquasha Brown, Glennda Thompkins, Stan Brown, Camilla Ensley are just a few members of the Stan Pepper Steppers.

By Stan Brown

The Stan Pepper Steppers, the world champion Double Dutch team from the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway won the 2003 American Double Dutch League New York State Championships. The event was held at Bellport High school in Bellport, Long Island on May 10, 2003. The Pepper Steppers won 5 out of 8 divisions. The Pepper Steppers winnings earned them another trip to the 30th Annual American Double Dutch League World Invitational Championships in Sumter, South Carolina from June 12 thru June 15, 2003.

The Pepper Steppers are the 2002 world champions are looking forward to retaining their crown. The sport of Double-Dutch takes endurance, concentration, smooth coordination and discipline to carry out their routines. Turners turning and jumpers jumping in varied patterns and acrobatics as two ropes whiz by. But before Double-Dutch became a world-renowned sport in 1973, it was just another pastime.

After World War II, jumping rope became popular among inner-city children. In the 1950’s though the 1960’s, the sport saw a near extinction of the sport. But in the early 1970’s, the Maerican Double Dutch League was formed and since then, the league has involved more than 250,000 youths worldwide in the sport. From1975 to the present, the Pepper Steppers have been one of the top teams in the sport of Double-Dutch. Special thanks should go to Bernard Robinson, Sorrentino Recreational center manager and the Sorrentino Recreation staff.

The following members, coaches and officials are the 2003 New York State Champions: (Members) Laa’neisha Jones, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard, Diedre Morrisey, Muniyra Moore, Paula Robinson, Shanae Wallace, Robieshia Davis, Katherine Rocha, Francois Nicolas, Cherise Barton, Denise Clemonds, Portia Woodard, Tanisha Holiday, Laquasha Brown, Deandrea Jordan, Dominique Harris, Camilla Ensley, Ebonie Johnson, Kethamara Gorousingh, Jason Pizarro, Camay Cardwell, Ruby Mejia, Glennda Thompkins, Antoinette Pizarro, Tiffany Taylor, Lorraine Ramsey, Kimberly Salmond, Bria Drake, Jocelyn Castaneda, Jessica Alexander, Terae Walker and Kyana Bartow. (Coaches and Officials) Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Yatte Brown, Carol Walker, Markeya Baskerville, and Chiffon Scott.

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