Stan Pepper Steppers Win In Rockaway Tournament
On March 27, 2004 Stan Brown, Sports Director, Bernard Robinson, Center Manager, along with the help of the staff of the Sorrentino Rec reation Center hosted the spectacular 24th Annual Rockaway Double Dutch Championship Tournament.
Teams came from all part of New York City, Long Island and as far as the state of Virginia. A total of 150 athletes competed in this event, which consisted of two divisions: A novice division and advance division. They competed for trophies and medals but fun and fundamentals were the recipe for the day.
In the novice division, the competition consisted of: (A) Compulsory, which is divided into five parts. 2 right turns, 2 left turns, 2 right criss crosses, 2 left crosses and 10 high steps. (B) Speed: 2-minute jumping test counting the left foot every time it touches the floor.
In the advance division, you have to demonstrate a free style (tricks) routine, which consists of one minute of tricks, flips and dace within the ropes while they are turning.
Continuing with the legacy of the Sorrentino Recreation Center, the Stan Pepper Steppers Double-Dutch World Champions represented Sor rentino and the Far Rockaway community in the way they know best. They won first place overall in both Novice and Advance divisions. The Pepper Steppers set the standards for jumpers in the sport of Double-Dutch.
Grades from 3 through high school participated in the tournament. The World Champion Pepper Stepper junior team featured: Laa’neisha Jones, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard and Diedre Morrissey. The senior team (high school division) consisting of: Laquasha Brown, Dominique Harris, Deandrea Jordan and Camilla Ensley broke the National Double-Dutch Lea gue speed record at the World Famous Apollo Theatre in December 2003.
The team also won the 2003 American Double-Dutch League World Cham pions in the high school division in Sumpter, South Carolina.
The tournament would like to thank the staff of the Sorrentino recreation Center, officials Yatte Brown, Carol Walker, Linda Brown, Toni Pizarro, Tiffany Taylor and the high school team members of the Pepper Steppers. Thanks goes to family, friends and the Far Rockaway community who at tended this very special event.