2005-05-06 / Sports

Sorrentino Center Celebrates 25th Annual Double-Dutch Championships

Flips, jumps and skips were all to be seen on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at

the Sorrentino Recreation Center. The recreation center was the host of the 25th Annual Rockaway Double-Dutch Championships.

With the festivities beginning at 10:00 a.m. and competition beginning at 11:00 a.m., teams from all over Rockaway and other parts of the country came out to showcase their jump rope talents. There were elementary school kids as well as high schoolers jumping and flipping as fans cheered on.

About 100 or so parents, friends and fans packed into the Sorrentino Recreation Center gym. They were treated to displays of both stern discipline and extraordinary athleticism. The event was organized by Coach/Director of Sports Stan Brown and the Staff of Sorrentino Recreation Center with the approval of Center Manager Bernard Robinson.

The Pepper-Steppers World Champion were the hometown favorites at the competition and had the support of a large portion of the crowd. Still, good sportsmanship was the word of the day as parents and friends were seen cheering for everybody. The teams that competed ranged from the third grade level to the high school level. However, kids of all ages along with parents and friends could be seen stomping it up during intermission. Teams from all over New York City, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Maryland and Virginia were at the competition.

The Pepper Stepper brought their talents to the competition as they won five divisions. Brooklyn Jazzy Jumpers won two divisions and Suffolk County Snazzy won 1 Division. All the teams that participated are preparing for both the State Championships which will be held at Bellport High School in Bellport, Long Island and the 32nd Annual American World Invitational Double Dutch Championships in Sumter, South Carolina at the University Center on June 17 and 18, 2005. The Staff of the Sorrentino Recreation, would like to thank: the New York Affiliate American Double-Dutch League Officials, Virginia Contingent with 2 former coaches/jumpers of the World Champions Pepper Steppers Katisha Simpkins and Antoinette Pizarro along with our own Yatte Brown, certified ADDL official and World Championship coach and former World Championship jumper.

Linda Brown, certified ADDL Head score keeper and Assistant Coach with the Pepper Steppers, Carol Walker ADDL Official score keeper. Willie Blackmon ADDl New York State Representative, Andrea Cherry, ADDL Official, Cheryl Holt, ADDL Chief Freestyle and Floor Judge Official, Jamal Turner, ADDL Freestyle and Floor Judge Official. State of Maryland, Brooklyn Jazzy Jumpers, Brooklyn Unlimited Jumpers, Nassau Baldwin Jumpers, Suffolk County Snazzy Steppers, Stan’s Pepper Steppers, Parents and Friends, the Far Rockaway Community for its continuous support.

1st Annual Unlimited Members Only Basketball Tournament

The Sorrentino Recreation Center presented to its adults membership, a basketball tournament that has been in the making for 2005. The tournament features alumni from different colleges, semi-pro and professional basketball teams to showcase their basketball skills.

It also gives family and friends a chance to share a fun and rewarding evening together.

The tournament is held every Thursday in April/May 2005 starting at 6:30 pm. Play-offs begins May 12, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. As of May 5, 2005, the standings are: All Stars 3 wins, 0 losses, 7.O. G.’s 2- 1, Green Machine 1-2 and UnderDogs 0-3

In-House Basketball Tournament Awards Presentation

On Saturday, April 30, 2005 the P.A.L./Parks & Recreation In the House basketball tournament held at Sorrentino Recreation Center. This was the first Annual Awards Ceremony where over 100 trophies were given to players and coaches for their good sportsmanship, leadership, team spirit, character and team play in the sport of basketball. In this tournament, 132 center members participated. Congratulations.

City of New York / Parks &

Recreation Center Sorrentino

Presents Queens 2005 Indoor

Soccer Tournament

This year Queens had (7) seven teams enrolled in the winter/spring soccer tournament. The tournament ran from March 31, 2005 thru April 30, 2005. The Recreation Centers that participated were, Sorrentino (3) teams, Liberty Park (1) team, (1) team from Paasserelle and (2) teams from Arrow Park.

Raynold Desmarets did an excellent job organizing and running the program. The Sorrentino Vikings took 1st place in the Queens Championships and the Sorrentino Fire took 2nd place. The Vikings represented Queens in the City-Wide Championships. They lost to the Staten Island team 2 – 1 for the Championship.

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