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MetroSports Magazine The Millenial Man 1,000 Points Scored Professional Bull Riding at MSG

January-February 2018

2017 Slam Dunk Basketball Tournament 2018 Westchester County Cheerleading Tournament 2018 Westchester Coed Volleyball Tournament

Contents January/February 2018

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Features 4 Professional Bull Riding Returns to NYC’s Madison Square Garden Championship Bull Riders go up Against Championship Bulls at MSG 10 2017 Westchester Slam Dunk Basketball Tournament Top High School Players Face Off at the Westchester County Center 16 2018 Westchester County Cheerleading Championships All Cheer for the Best Cheerleading Squads in the Region 26 Spackenkill’s Millenial Man Spackenkill H.S. Senior Center Passes the 1,000 Point Mark . 32 Westchester CoEd Volleyball Passing, Spiking and Digging in White Plains NY

Regular 41 Athlete of the Month

Cover Photo: Clark Thompson

Action Photography by Clark Thompson

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Train Like a Champion. Train with a Champion. MetroSports Magazine’s former Athlete of the Month and cover of our May-June 2015 issue, Keisher “Fire” McLeod, a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, current NYS Flyweight Champion and current WIBA World Flyweight Champion can now be your personal boxing trainer at the world famous Gleason’s Gym.

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The PBR in NYC The Professional Bull Riders Kick Off their 25th Anniversary Season at NYC’s Madison Square Garden


ew York City, home to two active stock exchanges and many millionaires, opened the first weekend of the new year by welcoming two dozen additional millionaires and a host of stock contractors. Kicking off the inaugural event of its 25 anniversary season, the Professional Bull Riders (RBR) returned to New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, Of the 35 bull riders competing in the event, 24 have accumulated over $1,000,000 in earnings. Their task sound simple; to try and remain atop 1,600 pounds of bucking fury provided by the tour’s stock contractors who hold ownership to the bulls. Millionaires and stock holders in New York City? Sounds right to us! Not more than one mile south of Madison Square Garden, beginning at the corner of 9th Avenue and 16th Street, the City’s now upscale Meatpacking District was once home to approximately 250 slaughterhouses and meat packing plants where countless numbers of cows and bulls met their demise. On the weekend of January 6-8, 2017, on the corner of 8th Avenue and 33rd Street, the bulls got their revenge. As with all stops on the PBR’s 25th Anniversary Tour, the New York City visit included three days of action pitting the sports human athletes, the bull riders, against the bovine athletes, the bulls. For each ride, Photo: Valdiron de Oliveira, the event’s oldest active bull rider, aboard the Jenkins Cattle Company’s “Hoss” on his way to a successful 8-second ride.

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Photo: Warren Rosenberg

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Above Top: Warming up in the Bull Pen. Above Bottom: Bull Riders preparing in the MSG Riders Locker Room

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Facing Page: Guilherme Marchi being tossed off of El Guerrero, the Warrior. All Photos: Warren Rosenberg www.nyspg.

Photo: Warren Rosenberg

the bull riders, try to stay atop a bucking bull for a total of 8 seconds. The bulls’ job is to try and forcibly dismount the rider through a series of rapid and forceful jumps, twists and turns in all directions. If the rider stays aboard for 8 second, the rider wins. If the rider is bucked off, the bull wins. Both human and bovine athletes are scored and are ranked in the season’s standings. Details about the contest and scoring were featured in the MarchApril 2016 MetroSports Magazine, available free and online. In that issue, we featured our first non-human Athlete of the Month, the PBR bull, I’m A Gangster Too, along with bullfighter Shorty Gorham. Notable in the final outcome of this NYC stop on the tour as the second place finish of Valdiron de Oliveira, the competition’s oldest rider. After announcing his retirement following the 2016 PBR World Finals and sitting out the 2017 season, de Oliveira announced his un-retirement this past November. The youngest active rider competing this weekend was 20 year old Jess Lockwood, last year’s NYC winner who then went on to be crowned the PBR’s 2017 World Champion, the youngest in the PBR’s history. Also in the house was one of the future stars of the PBR, 12 year old Canyon Trevino from Boaz, Alabama. 0.85 Seconds Up in the air and hodling on. 1.13 Seconds

Back on the ground and holding on

7.31 Seconds Good night !

Cooper Davis was Friday night’s Round 1 winner, Kaique Pacheco was Saturday’s Round 2 winner, and Joao Ricardo Vieira took Sunday afternoon’s Round 3 title. Accumulating a steady aggregate of 625 points and adding 75 points in the Championship Round, George Gay claimed the NYC Tournament Championship, followed by Vladiron de Oliveira in second place and Eduardo Aparecido in third. Last year’s NYC Monster Energy Buck Off Champion and reigning PBR World Champion, Jess Lockwood, finished the event in 14th place. All Photos. Warren Rosenberg

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Above: Canyon Trevino Below: Bucking Bull :Last One Standing� is the last one standing.

Also winners were the citizens of New York City who were crowned by PBR Entertainer Flint Rasmussen as the best singing audience he has encountered in his visits to arenas across the country. Rasmussen also confirmed that the City of New York has the best pizza in the world - well- at least better than Chicago which was the next stop on the Tour.


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2017 SLAM DUNK Tournament

With the NBA G-League’s Westchester Knicks on the road for two games following the Christmas hiliday, the Knicks’ home court at the Westchester County Center is serving as the site for the 19th Annual Westchester County Slam Dunk Tournament sponsored by the County’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. The Westchester County Slam Dunk Tournament has become one of the County’s, if not the New York Metropolitan Region’s, most celebrated high school tournaments.

Photo: Warren Rosenberg

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Kicking off the afternoon of day one of the four-day tournament were three spirited games by girls high school teams from Westchester County (Briarcliff H.S. Bears, Masters H.S. Panthers, Somers H.S. Tuskers), Brooklyn (St. Joseph H.S. Cougars), Nassau County Long Island (Elmont H.S. Spartans), and Conklin NY just east of Binghamton (Susquehanna Valley H.S. Sabers). On hand to welcome the contestants was Westchester County’s Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Kathleen M. O’Connor and Kevin Cook. Westchester County Recreation Supervisor. The afternoon tipped off with the Briarcliff High School Bears taking on Brooklyn’s St. Joseph High School Cougars. Within the first minute of the contest, St. Joseph took the lead with Briarcliff closing out the first quarter with a 12-9 advantage. The game see-sawed back and forth with the Bears outscoring the Cougars 16-5 in the second quarter, the Cougars roaring back in the third quarter with a 12-9 scoring advantage and both teams draining 10 points in the fourth. In the end, Briarcliff came out victorious with the final score 47-36. In game two, Long Island’s powerhouse Elmont Spartans went up against the Panthers of the Masters School from Dobbs Ferry. A tightly contested defensive first quarter ended with a near tie score, Elmont edging out the Masters 11-10. Elmont, last year’s Long Island Class A Champions would not be denied and, led by forward Kem Nwabudu (#24) and the guard Jada Fernandez (#4), respectively scoring 15 and 12 points in the game, took the game from Masters by the final score of 54-37. Guard Zarria Franklin (#3) contributed by draining three 3-pt field goals. MetroSports Magazine | 11

Photo: Warren Rosenberg MSG Sports & Entertainment

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Spackenkill High School’s Millenial Man Blows Past the 1,000 point Mark Looks can be deceiving. Perhaps, but not in the case of Kyiev Bennermon. If the recently crowned 1,000 point scorer of the Spackenkill High School Spartans basketball team moves through the on-court opposition like a football defensive tackle, it is precisely because he is. This high-scoring varsity basketball Center has recently signed a national letter of intent to join the NCAA Division I Boston College Eagles on the gridiron, not the hardwood, as a defensive tackle. Bennermon is ranked 19th in New York State among all high school football recruits.

Photos by Clark Thompson

Somers H.S. Mixed Varsity Photo: Clark Thompson

Westchester County Cheerleading Championships - 2018


s they leap and tumble in perfect synchronization toward the State Finals on March 3rd, some of the region’s best high school Cheerleading squads strutted their stuff at the 69th Annual Westchester Cheerleading Invitational held this past January 10-11 at the Westchester County Center. Competitive Cheerleading was recognized in 2014 by the Regents of the State of New York as an interscholastic sports and in 2016 by the International Olympic Committee as an Olympic sport.

Within the nine competitive divisions, seven schools found a position on the first place podium including John Jay High School, Lakeland High School, Mt. Vernon High School, North Rockland High School, Putnam Valley High School, The Ursuline School, and Van Wyck High School.

Ursuline School, Varsity Photo: Clark Thompson

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Based on their strong performances and first place finishes in their respective divisions, John Jay, Lakeland, North Rockland, and Putnam Valley qualified for the Grand Championship round with The Ursuline School prevailing and capturing its first Tournament Grand Championship. Billed as Westchester County’s Most Famous Arena, the venue which is home to the Westchester Knicks G-League franchise of the NBA’s New York Knicks has recently hosted the Westchester County Slam Dunk Tournament, the Harlem Globetrotters, and WWE Wrestling.

Photo: Clark Thompson

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Modified Division 1st Van Wyck 69.3 2nd Carmel 67.55 3rd Scarsdale 37.6

Varsity Small – Small Division 1st Lakeland 71.9 2nd Nanuet 69.6 3rd Byram Hills 47.1

JV Division 1st The Ursuline School 73.9 2nd New Rochelle 71.4 3rd Scarsdale 66.7

JV Division (Thurs) 1st North Rockland 73.2 2nd Mahopac 65.2 3rd Hendrick Hudson 56.2

JV Mixed 1st Mt Vernon 38.7

Varsity Small – Large Division 1st Putnam Valley 82.85 2nd Walter Panas 76.45 3rd Dobbs Ferry 70.5

Varsity Large – Small Division 1st The Ursuline School 84.4 2nd Harrison 80.3 3rd New Rochelle 80.25 Varsity Mixed 1st John Jay EF 75.45 2nd Tappan Zee 73.3 3rd Somers 69.6

Varsity Large – Large Division 1st North Rockland 84.9 2nd Mahopac 78.3 3rd Yorktown 73.3

Photo: Clark Thompson

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2018 Westchester County Coed Volleyball Tournament T

he Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has sponsored two major tournaments within the past five weeks of sports that share a common history. The January 2018 Westchester County Coed Volleyball Tournament was preceded five weeks earlier, in the final week of December 2017, by the Westchester County Slam Dunk Basketball Tournament. Both events were held at the County Center, Westchester’s most famous arena, and home to the NBA franchise Westchester Knicks G-League professional basketball team. It turns out that both the sports of basketball and volleyball were developed within five years of each other by two men who met at the YMCA of Springfield, Massachusetts. It was there that William G. Morgan, credited with the invention of volleyball in 1895 first met James Naismith who, four years earlier in 1891, invented the game of basketball. Basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936 and Volleyball in 1964. This year’s Westchester County Coed Volleyball Tournament featured 19 teams competing in three different divisions: the Recreational Division, Intermediate Division, and the Competitive Division.

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Participating Teams and Final Results Recreational Division Hammer Time 2...........1st Place Set It And Forget IT.....2nd Place Block It Like It’s Hot Serveza I Like Sets Intermediate Division Lider............................1st Place Moonshine..................2nd Place J.P. Doyle’s I’d Hit That Foolish Hit Volley Llamas Victorious Secrets Empire Strikes Back Spiked Punch Block Party Competitive Division Young Guns.................2nd Place Danger Squad..............1st Place We Be Jammin Bandidos Photo: Clark Thompson

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Photo: Warren Rosenberg Photo: Clark Thompson

MetroSports Athlete of the Month Sponsored by Hunts Photo & Video

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MetroSports Athlete of the Month MetroSports Athlete of the Month Valdiron de Oliveira After retiring from the Professional Bull Riders circuit following the 2016 season and sitting out the 2017 season, the 10year PBR veteran from Goias, Brazil, has returned to the circuit for the 2018 season. In recognition of his “un-retirement” at the age of 38, in recognition of his being the PBR’s oldest active rider in the 25th Anniversary series and, for his second place finish at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, MetroSports Magazine is pleased to name Vladiron de Oliveira as our Athlete of the Month for January, 2018

MetroSports Athlete of the Month Kyiev Bennermon For his dominating performance on both the basketball court and football field for his Spackenkill High School Spartans, for his eclipsing the 1,000 point scoring mark in basketball, and for signing on to become a Division I defensive tackle for the Boston College Eagles, MetroSports Magazine has names Kyiev Bennermon as our Athlete of the Month for February 2018.

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