2004-07-16 / Sports

Stan Pepper Steppers Capture ADDL Crown

By Stan Brown

Stan Pepper Steppers Capture ADDL Crown

By Stan Brown

Stan’s Pepper Steppers legacy continues by winning the 31st Annual ADDL World Invitational Double Dutch Tournament, which was held at the University Center in Sumter, South Carolina from June 25-26, 2004. The Pepper Steppers represented Far Rockaway in the way they know best, by winning first place.

The Pepper Steppers left Far Rockaway on June 23 with seven teams to compete in the world championships and of the seven teams the Pepper Steppers won three first place two-second place, and two third place titles, including the high school scholarship division, in which athletes compete for scholarship money towards higher education. The Stan’s Pepper Steppers high school team also won the ADDL Highest Speed Award for the second year in a row. The Pepper Steppers put on a dazzling display of speed, rope tricks, flips and team togetherness. The tournament itself is a two-day event with the first day eliminating all teams with the exception of the top five teams in each grade division. The divisions started from third grade straight through college and senior open divisions.

There are three categories in a Double Dutch competition; compulsory, speed, freestyle and there are tricks. The compulsory event requires tricks and moves. The freestyle category can get very creative, with handsprings and routines that start with one jumper leaping over the shoulders of another, all while those ropes are turning. Points are awarded for each successful move and vary depending on the difficulty of the move. Speed is an event that is pure adrenaline, a mixture of exhilaration and fear.

Getting through 120 grueling seconds (2 minutes) of jumping without hitting the rope, and you can score a lot of points. One miss means fewer jumps, which mean fewer points. Judges count the number of times a jumper’s left foot successfully misses the rope, and awards points for each. If you don’t do well in freestyle and compulsory, scores won’t matter much.

The second day is the finals where the top five teams compete for top honors. The high school team of LaQuasha Brown, Deandrea Jordan, Dominique Harris, and Camilla Ensley held top speed for both days jumping an amazing 409 steps (counting the left foot only) in the two-minute speed test or 820 steps (if you count both feet) in two minutes.

The Pepper Steppers would like to thank Bernard Robinson, Center Manager of the Parks’ Department Sorrentino Recreation Center, the entire staff of Sorrentino Recreation Center, Warner Music Group, ASICS, Incredible Feet, the Far Rockaway businesses and especially the Far Rockaway community.

The Stan Pepper Stepper Team Members: LaQuasha Brown, Deandrea Jordan, Dominique Harris, Camilla Ensley, Laa’Neisha Jones, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard, Diedre Morrissey, Munirya Moore, Robeisha Davis, Katherine Rocha, Paula Robinson, Cherise Bartow, Denise Clemmonds, Porchia Woodard, & Camay Cardwell. Coaches and Officials: Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Yatte Brown, Markeya Baskerville, Carol Walker, Chiffon Scott, and Marissa Webber-Bey.

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