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Five Star Football Men’s Semi-Pro Football

Olympic Weightlifting The War of Westchester


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Features 4 West Point’s Junior Black Knights Highland Falls Youth Football 14 Yonkers Untouchable Knights Basketball Tournament Making Their Mark in the Taconic Youth Football League 24 N.Y. Sharks Women’s Football New York’s Own Full-Contact Women’s Tackle Football Team and Its Undefeated Season 28 Five Star Football League Men’s Semi-Pro Football League 32 War of Westchester - Olympic Weightlifting The Westchester Barbell Coalition and the Athletes Warehouse host a USA Weightlifting Tournament

Regular 39 Sports Photo Tip 40 Athlete of the Month

Action Photography by Clark Thompson

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West Point’s Junior Black Knights

Continuing the Legacy of Black Knights Football


ootball is alive and well in the New York Metro area. The NFL Giants and Jets are in full swing. The NCAA’s Army Black Knights and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are racking up wins. The Five Star Football League’s Semipro Harlem Gators, Brooklyn Seminoles and New York Rebels have compiled impressive 9-1 records. The New York Sharks of the International Women’s Football League have captured the 2016 IWFL Championship with a perfect 8-0 season. And the Yonkers Untouchable Knights and West Point Junior Black Knights are completing successful 2016 campaigns. In this issue of MetroSports Magazine we’re focusing on two of the New York Metro region’s youth football teams, the Junior Black Knights of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Yonkers Untouchable Knights, a team formed through the merger of the former North Yonkers Knights and the former Westchester Untouchables. The Junior Black Knights (JBK) football program competes as part of the Town of Highland / West Point Yourth Football Association and is affiliated with the Orange County Youth Football League (OCYFL) fielding teams at four different age groups ranging from the 5-7 year old Mighty Mights to the 12-14 year old Division 3. Other youth sports programs available to the West Point Community are organized under the umbrella of the West Point Youth and Sports Association and include 4 | November/December 2016

programs in soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, lacrosse and corss-country. As part of the OCYFL, the JBK play eight games over a 9 week season with four games on the road and four games on their home turf on the USMA’s Prep School field. According to Assistant Coach Carlys Lemler, a former West Point Cadet, Black Knights Track and Field athlete, former Active Duty Army Officer and mother of a current JBK team member, “The primary goal of the JBK football team is to develop a love of sport, physical fitness, and good character through learning, practicing and playing football. We emphasize integrity, strive to build a good work ethic, and create a fun environment for young boys to build leadership skills, mental toughness and an appreciation for teamwork.” Facing Page: JBK Division 2 Quarterback Nick Waugh.

Nick Waugh (#4) sets his sights downfield as JBK Quarterback. Nick’s father has been an Assistant Football Coach of the Army Football team for 9 years. Nick lives on West Point and goes to the West Point Middle School.

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Above. JBK’s Grant Lemler (right side of picture, above) gets in on the tackle of Pine Bush’s #58. Right: Playing both sides of the ball, Lemler (#99) takes his place on the offensive line. Facing Page: Lemler hauls in a pass from QB Waugh and hangs on as he’s brought down by Pine Bush’s #3. Grant Lemler (#99) is a three-sport athlete with the JBK playing basketball, baseball and football. Grant’s mother, Carlys Lemler serves as an Assistant Coach of the JBK. Both Grant’s mother and father are West Point graduates, and his father is still an active duty Army officer. Grant lives on West Point and is a student at the West Point Middle School. 6 | November/December 2016

Photo: Clark Thompson.

“I have the privilege of coaching these young athletes several days a week: they came into the season eager to learn, with a competitive spirit. They are extremely hard-working and have built a cohesive team with the more veteran players (some are playing in their 6th season) encouraging and helping out the players who are just joining a football team for the first time. Since their conditioning camps began in June, these boys have played football anywhere from 3 – 5 days every week for the past 4.5 months: they have developed both physically and mentally as athletes while also becoming stronger young men who are understanding and reaping the benefits of hard work. I am very proud of the great character that the athletes on this JBK team display: they have integrity and display good sportsmanship both on and off the field by playing clean football, showing proper decorum during the games, and demonstrating compassion for their teammates and opponents regardless of the outcome of the game. “ Coach C. Lemler 914-765-0688

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Above Left: • Elijiah Matos (#90) demonstrating a heads up tackle against Pine Bush’s #3. Elijiah’s mother is an active duty Non-Commissioned Officer and his father, Jose Matos, is a member of the JBK coaching staff and a retired US Army combat engineer. Elijiah Lives on West Point and goes to the West Point Middle School. Above Right: Jack Ray (#8), also pictured on facing page, fighting off the tackle attempt of Pine Bush’s #48. Below Right: • McKinley Greene (#5) defending the run against Pine Bush’s #17. McKinley’s father, Gaylord Greene, is a West Point graduate, retired Lt. Col., a former Army football team wide-receiver. He holds a special place in Black Knights history as the receiver pulling in a 68 yard TD pass against Navy in 1992, the longest Army pass play in Army-Navy history. He is currently an Associate Athletic Director.

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Photo: Warren Rosenberg.

JBK’s Jack Ray (#8). Jack’s father is a West Point graduate and an active duty Army officer. Jack lives on West Point and attends the West Point School.

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Above: JBK coaching staff member Andre Lucas works the sidelines as Jack Ray (#8) heads toward the goal line Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. Vince Lombardi (USMA Asst FB Coach 1948-53)

UMSA Jr. Black Knights Coaching Staff Dontae Clark - Head Coach who has been involved with coaching JBK football since 2010. Carlys Lemler – West Point Graduate, US Army combat veteran, and works on West Point. Jose Matos – US Army combat veteran Andre Lucas –Works on West Point Tyler Harris – Works on West Point Alex Steward – Retired NYPD Police Officer 10 | November/December 2016

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Above: It takes no less than four Pine Bush defenders to take down Brody Prairie (#11). Brody’s father is a West Point graduate and an active-duty medical doctor at the on-post hospital. Brody lives on West Point and goes to the West Point Middle School.

Photo: Clark Thompson.

Above: Michael Saxon (#17) bringing down Pine Bush runner #3 while Michael Steward (#1) runs in ready to help. Michael Saxon is a student at West Point Middle School; his father is a West Point graduate and active duty Army Officer. Michael Steward is the son of JBK Assistant Coach Alex Steward; both of his parents served on the NYPD.

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Above: Garrison Heslop(11) and Malachi Lane(8) of the Knights 10U team taking it down field.

Yonkers Untouchable Knights A

lthough a new organization and team, the Yonkers Untouchable Knights have a history going back over 30 years carrying forward the legacy of the North Yonkers Knights and the Westchester Untouchables from which they were formed. The program currently has approximately 150 athletes participating in six teams along with a girl’s Cheerleading Team. 14 | November/December 2016

Tyshawn Weaver(#3) of the Knight’s 10U team keeps a firm grip on the ball.

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Above: Deryll Fisher(#2) of the Knights 11U team takes it towards the sideline to get around the Patriot’s defense.

The Yonkers Untouchable Knights competed in their first full season after forming last April from the North Yonkers Knights and the Westchester Untouchables and you can still see the legacy of the original teams in the various uniforms worn this season. What visibly unifies the teams this season are their unified helmet decals. The team’s new jerseys are currently in production and will be ready for the 2017 season. The Untouchable Knights compete in the Taconic Youth Football and Cheering League (TYFC) against teams from Brewster, Carmel, Cross River, Hyde Park, Hudson Valley, Mahopac, New Rochelle, Poughkeepsie, Somers, Southern Dutchess, Yorktown and Wappingers Falls. The Knights field five teams in the 8U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U age divisions 16 | November/December 2016

In addition to teaching the players the skills of the game, team Vice President Danny Reed tells us that, “Outside of football we hope and expect for our kids to be able to apply what they have learned with us in life. We expect to build great characteristics and instill good habits.With us they will have learned to be Responsible, Punctual, Confident, Attentive, respectful and motivated. Also we expect them to understand the importance of education and family. “ The Knights racked up an impressive season performance with the 12U team scoring the points among all teams in their division and the 13U team’s defense being the stingiest in the league giving up only 50 points during the entire season.

Photo: Warren Rosenberg, Above: The Knights Tyshawn Weaver (#3) on defense bringing down a Patriot’s runner.

Unouchable Knights Coaches

Team 13U

2016 Season Stats Coach W Danny Reed 7

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T 0

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Ralph McKinley




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Deryll Fisher




133 86


Jermaine Henderson





Kyle Mason

Games are not scored

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The Knight’s Rodney Rodelbow (#25) puts one across the goal line as the 12U team continues its winning streak.

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Photo: Clark Thompson Above: NY Sharks receiver, Erika Cottle (#%) clears the way with a stiff-arm against Philadelphia Firebirds #2

The New York Sharks Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

he New York Sharks women’s professional football team has begun recruiting for their upcoming 2017 season with tryouts scheduled for November 19th and December 17th at Brooklyn’s Reed Hook Park. The Sharks look to build on their extraordinary 2016 season in which they went undefeated, running up a perfect 8-0 record against their 24 | November/December 2016

competitors in the Atlantic Conference of the Independent Womien’s Football League (IWFL). The IWFL hosts 32 teams from across the country that play a hard-hitting brand of full-contact tackle football. Facing Page: Nothing stands in the way of the Sharks Erika Cottle (#5), certainly not a Carolina Queens defender.

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Sisters Are Doin’ It ForThemselves Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox

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(c) 1985 Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

The “inferior sex” got a new exterior We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too Everybody - take a look around Can you see - can you see - can you see There’s a woman right next to you Sisters are doing it for themselves Standing on their own two feet And ringing on their own bells Sisters are doing it for themselves

The IWFL was established in 2000 in order to provide women with the opportunity to participate in the uniquely American sport of full-contact tackle football. The league’s games are played in the Spring of each year. In the IWFL’s Atlantic Division, the Sharks compete against teams from Baltimore, Charlotte, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Among the 32 teams across all IWFL Divisions, the Sharks Quarterback, Karen Mulligan, was the #1 rated passer in the leage throwing for over 1,000 yards with 74 completions. Mulligan was named this year’s Most Outstanding Player. Maggie Natell was named the team’s offensive MVP for 2016, Brooklyn Fields was named defensive MVP, and Gina Capardi was crowned Rookie of the Year. This year’s perfect 8-0 season was the first in a decade with the team last completing a perfect season in 2006. The Sharks play their home games at Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex on the grounds of the historic former Floyd Bennett Field, NYC’s first municipal airport.

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Above: Krystal Molina (#40), Erika Cottle(#5), Brilynn Fields (#25), Maggie Natell (#81) of the New York Sharks. Below: NY Sharks free safety, Shani Espinal, corrals Philadelphia’s #22. Photo: Clark Thompson

2016 NY Sharks Record 4/9 vs Blitz 4/16 vs Firebirds 4/23 vs Prodigy 4/30 vs Queens 5/07 vs Blitz 5/21 vs Nighthawks 6/04 vs Phoenix 6/11 vs Prodigy

w 26-21 w 32-0 w 10-7 w 47-0 w 13-12 w 32-7 w 42-12 w 36-6

Season Standings IWFL Atlantic Division NY Sharks Carolina Phoenix Montreal Blitz D.C. Prodigy Carolina Queens Balt. Nighthawks Philly Firebirds

8 7 6 4 4 3 1

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Five Star Football League Y for

ou can’t beat the Five Star Football League (FSFL) the highest level of semi-pro football in the New York Metro area. The FSFL fielded 14 teams for the 2016 season hailing from New York City, Long Island, and Dutchess County. The league held its 2016 Championship game on October 30th between the Brooklyn Seminoles and the New York Rebels. Both teams entered the Championship game with near perfect records of 12-1. The Seminoles prevailed, 30-18, to claim the league Championship, and did so for the fourth consecutive year.

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Fred Gerken, writing in the FSFL news, characterized the Championship game as “one of the most exciting games in FSFL history”. You can read about all of the Championship game’s details in Fred’s coulmn at, http://fivestarfootballleague. com/?p=4101. The FSFL Champion Brooklyn Seminoles dedicated this championship game to former teamate Jamal Davis, a defensive cornerback who wore uniform number 4, and who suffered a serious on-field injury in September of 2008 which left him paralyzed. Although a fighter by nature, Jamal lost his battle three years later. Above Right: Semionolles wide receiver, Langley Young (#81) wearing the #4 of Jamal Davis on his jersey. Below: Running Back John Morrison (#6) on the run. Photo: Clark Thompson.

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2016 Five Star Football League Teams On November 12, 2016, the New York Rebels of the FSFL defeated the Connecticut Panthers of the New England Football League, 6-0, in an interleague championship game.

Harlem Gators New York Kings Brooklyn Seminoles New York City Falcons New York Rebels New York Legion New York Bandits Dutchess County Bears Long Island Devils Empire State Demon Knights Nassau Golden Eagles Long Island Panthers Long Island Mercenary Pitbulls Queens Vikings

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War of Westchester Olympic Weightlifting O

n Sunday, November 6th, the War of Westchester Olympic Weightlifting Competition returned to the Athletes Warehouse in Pleasantville, N.Y. The event, now in its second year, attracted 49 athletes ranging in age from 12 to 62 and included 22 female and 27 male lifters. The War of Westchester was hosted by the Athletes Warehouse and The Westchester Barbell Coalition and was sanctioned by USA Weightlifting, the national oversight body for competitive weightlifing in the United States and a division of the United States Olympic Committee. USA Weightlifting, headquartered at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, states

as its mission, “to enable-United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States.” In Olympic Weightlifting events, athletes perform two lifts, the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. In the Snatch, athletes lift the weight in one continuous fluid movement, from its position on the ground to its position over the head with arms locked. The Clean and Jerk requires two separate motions, the Clean in which the athlete moves the weight from the floor to the shoulders, and the Jerk which advances the weight to the overhead position.

Above: Women’s overall event champion, Brittney Rottkamp, achieving a Sinclair Score of 204.39. Brittany is coach at TBFL Crossfit in College Point, NY, and a Registered Nurse with a BSN from Stony Brook University.

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2016 War of Westchester Medalists Allison Shurak Olivia Barnett Alexis Jones Isabella Madori Riley Bloom

1st- 39kg youth 1st- 44kg youth 2nd- 44kg youth 1st- 58kg youth 1st- 69kg youth

Leni Hibler

1st- 56kg open

Harrison Lucas

1st-69kg open

Vince Tonolete Jaron Parnala Lan Nguyen

1st-77kg open 2nd-77kg open 3rd- 77kg open

Jolie Mastey

1st- 58kg junior

Britney Rottkamp

1st- 58kg Open

Faith Anker Tiana Segales Julia Falamas

1st- 63kg open 2nd- 63kg open 3rd- 63kg open

Danielle Gagliardi Meghan Krupka Viviana Podhaiski

1st- 69kg open 2nd- 69kg open 3rd- 69kg open

Lindsey Letellier Taylor Gerrasch Jess Fles

1st- 75kg open 2nd 75kg open 3rd- 75kg open

Lynn Hurley Lauren Salz Lorraine DeAngelo

1st 75kg + 2nd 75kg + 3rd 75kg +

Matt Frei

1st 105kg junior

Mark Grimm Sebastian Medina Matt Eulau

1st 85kg open 2nd 85kg open 3rd 85kg open

Mike Dewar Nicholas Hernandez

1st 94kg open 2nd 94kg open

Andrew Marrero

3rd 94kg open

Brandon Littlejohn Thomas Walsh Sam Mina

1st 105kg open 2nd 105kg open 3rd 105kg open

Kevin Nelson Carl Ruoff

1st 105kg+ open 2nd 105kg+ open

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Above: Briarcliff Manor’s Downstate Barbell Club brought a team of young athletes who finished the War of Westchester in championship style. MetroSports Magazine had a few questions for Coach Steve Swistak.

MSM: Many of your competitors in the War of Westchester were young ladies. Is there an age at which parents should consider weight training and Olympic Weightlifting competition for their children? Coach Swistak: From my experience, it’s less about age and more about the maturity of the child. My youth weightlifting program starts at 9 years old. It is heavily focused on technique and body awareness (learning to move with and without a barbell). Once I feel they have an understanding of the movements and cues, I will slowly start to incorporate weights. As they build confidence, we will consider competition. 36 | November/December 2016

MSM: What role does Olympic Weightlifting play in the Crossfit model of training and health preservation? Coach Swistak: Proper technique creates efficiency. The more efficient an athlete is will only increase the expected outcome of a CrossFit workout (time, amount of reps, weight lifted, etc), while minimizing potential injuries. It’s even more important to understand how to transfer the Olympic movements to CrossFit workouts. A one rep max snatch will look different from a 30 rep Snatch workout called Isabel.

Above: Danielle Gagliardi, lifting for Solis Barbell, executing a snatch on her way to capturing first place in the 69kg Open Division.

MSM: How has competitive weightlifting helped you in life, in general? Is there anything about the training or competition that carries over into everyday life?

peting has made me calm in any high pressure situation. Being intimidated is no longer a word in my vocab but instead I live every day with courage to reach my goals.

Danielle: Weightlifting has completely shifted the way I live my life. For one I finally found my passion and I happen to be good at it. I dedicate my entire life outside of the corporate office hours to weightlifting and I have never been happier. It also changed the way I viewed myself and my body. I was no longer working out to try and become smaller, I was now training to obtain tangible goals and get as strong as possible. So many people can go their whole lives and never know what their bodies are even capable of. The feeling of dropping weight doesn’t even compare to getting a new 1 rep max back squat. Trust me it’s a lot more fun! Everything in training and competition carries over into my every day life. My training has made me me extremely disciplined and focused and com-

MSM: Want to give a shout out to your training gym and your coach? Anyone else? Danielle: I want to thank my Coach Nicholas Novak. He is the textbook definition of an amazing Coach and friend. Before I even knew him he saw the potential in me that I didn’t even know existed. We have been working together for a little over a year now and I can’t imagine going through this journey without him. We have big dreams and it’s exciting to already see one come true. Also a big thank you to Solace New York for always giving me a place to train and to my family, who even though they had no idea what this sport was or why I was doing it, has continued to support me and be my biggest cheerleaders. MetroSports Magazine | 37

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Sports Photo Tip of the Month Capturing Action and Emotion ports photography is all about capturing S action and emotion. If you’re looking to

convey emotion, you’ll want to shoot tight by either using telephoto lenses or placing yourself as close to the action as possible. If you’re not able to get in close and tight, you can always try and crop down your image in post-processing to highlight facial expression. Look for those images that capture the emotions of intensity, concentration, fear, pain and joy.

Capturing action in a static image usually requires having prominent diagonal features, be they full bodies, limbs, or sports equipment. When we view horizonal or vertical objects, our brain interprets them as stable relative to gravity. Think of yourself standing straight up or lying flat on the floor. An object seen at some diagonal angle other than straight horizontal or vertical is interpreted as either falling or moving.

Above, Left and Right: The perception of action is captured in both of these photographs by the diagonal angles of the athletes and is enhanced by facial expressions. (Photos: Warren Rosenberg) Left: Many sports logos use diagonal angles to create the perception of motion in otherwise static illustrations.

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MetroSports Athlete of the Month

Danielle Gagliardi has been selected as our MetroSports Magazine Athlete of the month for November 2016. A multiple sport athlete throught her school years, Danielle was crowned the 69kg Women’s Champion at the 2016 War of Westchester Olympic Weightlifting Tournament. She’s come a long way since her first Olympic Weightling competition only one year ago at the 2015 War of Westchester.

Our MetroSports Magazine Athlete of the Month for December 2016 is Frankie McFadden, a member of the championship Yonkers Untouchable Knights 13U football team. Frankie excells in both sports and academics. This 5’7” 169 pound 13 year old maintains a 95 average in school and is being heavily recruited by high schools throughout the region includin Stepinac, Hackley, Iona, Cardinal Hayes and J.F. Kennedy.

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