2005-12-09 / Sports

Speedy Pepper Steppers Step To Title At Holiday Classic

The Stan Pepper Steppers fusion team steps on the hallowed  Apollo Theatre; (bottom left to right) Denise Clemonds, Cherise Barto, Laa’Neisha Jones. (background left to right) Paula Robinson and Robeisha Davis. Photo by Twig/nycsportspics.com
The Stan Pepper Steppers fusion team steps on the hallowed Apollo Theatre; (bottom left to right) Denise Clemonds, Cherise Barto, Laa’Neisha Jones. (background left to right) Paula Robinson and Robeisha Davis. Photo by Twig/nycsportspics.com At the World Famous Apollo Theater, Far Rockaway’s own Stan Pepper Steppers once again took many top honors at the 14th Annual Double Dutch-Holiday Classic last Sunday afternoon.

An event that attracts teams from around the world, the Pepper Steppers, coached by Stan Brown, held more than their own by winning awards in the double speed, singles and fusion categories.

Basically, Double-Dutch is a rope skipping exercise game sport played when the ropes are turned in an eggbeater fashion. While the ropes are turned a third person jumps within them. This tournament makes it possible a standard competitive and music fusion event for some of the best double-dutch teams in the world. Teams represented in this tournament came from Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Connecuit, California, Japan, Belgium and Denmark.

These teams’ skills are tested and appreciated by both the judges and the audience. During the course of the tournament, you see double-dutch presented in the standard format, which is determined by how fast you can jump.

Stan’s Pepper Steppers hold the record for speed at 422 jumps in the required two minute test in which only the left foot is counted, averaging 3.5 steps per second.

The Holiday Double Dutch speed record was set by Laquasha Brown, Camilla Ensley, Deandrea Jordan and Dominique Harris in December 2004.

In the athletic competition, the teams are judged on compulsory format and speed test. Teams duel each other for 1st thru 5th place awards. The Pepper Steppers out of Sorrentino Recreation Center coached by Stan Brown along with his daughter Yatte Brown are one of the world fastest teams in the sport of double-dutch and proved to be the best for the 7th year in a row in the double speed category.

The other part of this classic tournament is called fusion. Fusion rutines are performed by different teams in dance and tricks within and out of the double-dutch ropes. Upon the decision of the fusion judges, one of the advanced teams will be designated “Best of Show”. The Pepper Steppers won first place in the 2005 double speed standard competition with Laquasha Brown, who many consider the fastest jumper in the world, along with her teammates Camilla Ensley, Dominique Harris and Jason Pizarro. Jason was last year’s speed champion in the singles category.

This year’s champion in the singles category was Newport, Virginia who consisted of the former Pepper Steppers mother and son team of Katisha Simpkins and Tylee Smith. Turning the ropes was another former Pepper Stepper Antoinette Pizarro. Both Katisha and Antoinette are coaching and their titles have put Virginia on the map.

Team members who performed at the Apollo Theater were as follows: Jasmine Nwajei, Monique Seow, Precious McCoy, Kyana Bartow, Christiana Carter, Peter Alvarez, Muniyra Moore, Ruby Mejia, Laa’Neisha Jones, Cherise Bartow, Robeisha Davis, Paula Robinson, Denise Clemonds, Katherine Rocha, LaQuasha Brown, Dominique Harris, Camilla Ensley and Jason Pizarro.

Coaches and Officials: Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Yatte Brown, Carol Walker, Aamira Moore, Cheryl Bartow, Markeya Baskerville, Chiffon Scott and Robert Lindo.

We the Pepper Steppers would like to thank Mr. Bernard Robinson, Center Manager and the Staff of the Sorrentino Recreation Center, a part of the City of New York Parks & Recreation. The Pepper Steppers would like to thank the Wave for their many years of highlighting these great young athletes.

We would also like to thank; the team members, coaches, chaperones, officials, parents and friends of the team members and the Far Rockaway Community. Without your support and contributions, these accomplishments wouldn’t be possible. Thanks.

2nd Annual Learn to Play Basketball Tournament

Starting this Saturday at 1 p.m., the Sorrentino Recreation Center will begin the co-ed ages 12 and under basketball tournament. Registration is still available. Call 718-471-4818 and contact Stan Brown- sports director or Robert Lindo- basketball coordinator. The center is located at 18-48 Cornaga Avenue.

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