MetroSports Magazine Sept-Oct 2021

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MetroSports Magazine

Battle of the Belles XI American Premier League Inaugural Season NY Metro Region Cricket

September-October 2021

USA Boxing Metro West Point Army Football Profssional Bull Riders Return to New Jersey Semi-Pro Football from around the region



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September-October 2021 4 Battle of the Belles XI Strength in service of the cure. The Littlest Bells demonstrate their strength 10 American Premier League Cricket A new, White Plains based, professional Cricket league hosts their inaugural tournament 14 Professional Bull Riders Return to NJ The PBR Unleash the Beast ZipRecruiter Invitational at Newark’s Prudential Center 20 Less Guns, More Boxing Poughkeepsie’s APJ Boxing Club allows the area’s youth to shine in the ring 24 Army Football Claims a Win on 9/11 Could the Army Black Knights be headed toward a consecutive Commander-in-Chief Trophy 28 Semi-Pro Football Highlights Photos from Metro Region Fall Football

Cover Photo by Warren Rosenberg, www.nyspg.com

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Battle of the Belles XI Strength in Service of the Cure by Warren Rosenberg The mid-October cold front that blew into the New York Metro region on Sunday, October 17th, did nothing to chill the enthusiasm and effort of the competitors who spent the day at Port Chester New York’s Abendroth Park to participate in the eleventh annual Battle of the Belles. Hosted by Fem and Fierce, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and creating opportunities for women to shine, this eleventh undertaking of the Battle of the Belles, a nationally-sanctioned Strongwoman competition, highlighted the progress that women have made in the traditionally male-dominated strength competitions.

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istorically, the Battle of the Belles was one of the first all-female competitions in the Sport of strongman. Typically held during the month of October, the Battle of the Belles was first organized by Dr. Stefanie Tropea, a New York Chiropractic physician based in Westchester County and winner of the 2013 ‘America’s Strongest Woman’ title. Women ranging from teenage years all the way up to the masters class with women in their 40’s

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and 50’s, competed in five events which include the Log Clean & Press, Wagon Wheel Deadlift, Conan’s Wheel, Frame and Keg Carry Medley and the crowd favorite Atlas Stones. Friends, family and members of the community came out to show their support. As has been the case since the initial Battle of the Belles in 2010, net proceeds from the event are being donated to the Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Above: Jenny Coelho clearing the Log Clean and Press


Above: National Anthem being performed by Venus Lopez and Olivia Artuso with Thomas Giorgi presenting the flag. Below: Fatigue showing on the face of competitor Gabby Lopez on Conan’s Wheel.

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Above: Master’s level competitor MacKenzie Sharp working on the Atlas Stone

Master’s level competitor and first place winner in her division, MacKenzie Sharp commented, “Anna and Todd have a special place in many people’s hearts around here. They got many of us started in the sport (my very first strongman experience was a Fem+Fierce clinic at NY Strong) and have an unwavering passion for it. Their events are tough, but extremely well run. This one seemed right - as a team we wanted to celebrate Anna for all she’s endured. For me it was important because my mother and two close friends are breast cancer survivors. I can’t give enough credit to my close friend, Nicole Recchia for introducing me to strongman, and advising me to ask Nate Greene to coach me. Nate has built an inclusive, diverse, and supportive team of strong people. At 57, I’m by far the oldest athlete 6 | September-October 2021

on the team, but no one ever makes me feel like it; we’re all equals in this together. This was only my third competition, so I had to push hard to make third competition, so I had to push hard to make the the jump from LW Novice to Master’s division. I wasn’t sure, because a week out I hadn’t hit the weights in 3 out of 5 events. Nate never doubted, all I could do was trust his experience.” Novice Lightweight competitor Riki Quinn was equally complimentary noting that, “This is my 3d time competing in a strongman/ woman event. But my first time in an all-women’s event. It was an inspiring, emotional and uplifting event with strong AF women for #breastcancerawareness . Also, this community is the nicest and most welcoming.”


Preparing for and competing in this type of event challenges both the physical strength and endurance of the athletes as well as their mental toughness and perseverance. Second place finisher in the Novice Lightweight division, Jenny Coelho, stated, “Every time I do anything that requires focus in movement, from Spartan races to competitions to hikes in the White Mountains to weekly CrossFit woods or even a causal run right out my front door, I think. And think. And think some more. Sometimes those thoughts occur during the activity. Other times, after it’s over. But they flood in, sort themselves out, and leave me as a slightly new person. Every. Single. Time. I do my best thinking when I’m pushing myself to my limits. If you have a chance to push yourself into that same place, take it, and you’ll do your best thinking, too. I am 44 years old, still trying new things every minute that I can. There is no cap to what you’re capable of. Things that hurt always heal and get stronger. Giving your absolute ALL is the only option. I never let my everyday aches, pains, and ailments be the reason I don’t do something. If most people woke up in my body every day, they’d hang it up. I’ve learned how to suffer and knowing how to suffer makes you better. I like to win. Strongman is not a pretty sport. (Check my stones pic.) I am in awe of what I’ve done for all of my life. I’m pretty damn proud of the person I’ve spent 44 years making. The Conan’s Wheel almost MetroSports Magazine | 7


I am in awe of what I’ve done for all of my life. I’m pretty damn proud of the person I’ve spent 44 years making. The Conan’s Wheel almost killed me.” In addition to the typical participants this year’s Battle of the Belles included a Junior Belles event for athletes under the age of twelve who showed strength, heart and courage as they pushed through four events. MetroSports Magazine had the honor of interviewing one of the Junior Belle competitors, Jagger Giorgi who told us, when asked how it felt to compete and have the crowd cheering for her, “I was so happy and a little bit nervous”. When asked which event was her favorite, she answered, “the Keg, because I like to lift it and run.” We can’t wait to see what kind of athletes these young women will develop into and hope to catch them at future Battle of the Belles or New York Strongman and Strongwoman competitions in the future.

Battle of the Belles XI All-Around Results Novice Lightweight 1. Sophia Veiras 2. Jenny Coelho 3. Danielle Mazza 4. Kara Syer 5. Brittany Boyer 6. Riki Quinn 7. Daniel Clare 8. Gabby Lopez 9. Ivone Camargo 10. Annamaria Vamos Novice Heavyweight 1. Ashley Nash 2. Raabi Blackwell-Durant 3. Amanda Robillard 4. Sarah Anderson 5. Miranda Lee 6. Hazel Pegg Open Lightweight 1. Chelsea Lachman 2. Rochelle Horanzy 3. Emily Hutchins Open Heavyweight 1. Kara McColgan 2. Erinn Goldey Open Super Heavyweight 1. Jessica Trumbull Masters Middleweight 1. MacKenzie Sharp Masters Heavyweight 1. Jeanne Brunner Hero 1. Loretta Albanese

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American Premier League Looking to advance the sport of Cricket in American Life by Warren Rosenberg

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lthough Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world according to the World Atlas, with 2.5 billion fans across the globe, it has yet to find a broad audience here in the United States. World-wide, Cricket is second to only soccer (4 billion fans) and ahead of hockey (#3), tennis (#4), basketball (#7), rugby (#9), and golf (#10). Among the ten most popular sports in America are American football (#1), basketball (#2), hockey (#3), baseball (#4), tennis (#5), boxing (#8), auto racing (#9) and wrestling (#10). The newly formed American Premier League (APL) is looking to change that. Headquartered in White Plains, New York, the APL launched its inaugural season this September with the announcement of its seven team league and a tournament at New Jersey’s Yogi Berra Stadium. Launching a professional cricket league within the New York Metropolitan region makes eminent sense as our area has long been the center of amateur cricket in the United States. Back in 2013 a ten field, $13 million dollar cricket complex was opened at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. At the time of that opening, as reported

All photos courtesy of the Ametican Premier League

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Above: Photo Credit - American Premier League

in the New York Times, “about 10 percent of the city’ 8.2 million residents are of South Asian or West Indian descent, including a fast-expanding Bangladeshi population in the Bronx, according to an analysis of census data by Queens College.”

the same glory and excitement it has worldwide. APL aims to unite cricket fans across the country. The league is made up of seven teams named the Americans, Indians, Windees, Aussies, English, Paks and Bengalees.

The APL is owned and operated by American Sports and Entertainment Group, chaired by APL founder and CEO Jay Mir. American Sports and Entertainment Group is dedicated to bringing cricket to the United States with the same glory

“The Cricket revolution in America is at its peak” said Mir, with APL receiving endorsements from legendary cricket stars around the world. Inspired by the cricket-loving communities across the world, Mir named the APL teams after these com-

Above: Repsentatives from five of the APL’s seven inaugural season teams showing their team colors

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munities instead of cities or states. Mir is leading APL as they currently conduct trials of hundreds of prospective cricket players across the United States. “One can only imagine the power behind an Indians vs Paks or Aussies vs English match in a packed New York/ New Jersey stadium for the first time, which can become a yearly phenomenon for the southeast Asian, Caribbean, Australian and the English expat communities like the Super Bowl. The most important part of any sports league is the pride, excitement and energy generated by the fan base,” Mir said. “Our teams bring that to the field, rallying their fan bases

around respective communities to bring the passion and loyalty that sells tickets and fills stands.” Yogi Berra Stadium is a baseball stadium in Little Falls, NJ. Located on the campus of Montclair State University it is home to the New Jersey Jackals and the Montclair State Red Hawks and now, the American Premiere League. It also houses the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Built in 1998, it was named in honor of Yogi Berra, who lived in Montclair, NJ during his career with the New York Yankees and Mets.

Above: Announcement for the 2021 Cricket Tournament - courtesy American Premier League

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The tournament, the inaugural public event for the APL, took place at Yogi Berra Stadium between September 20th – 30th, and included a 21 game elimination contest with the four top teams advancing to the Knock-Outs. Advancing to the Knock-Outs were the Pakistanis (Paks), Indians, Windees and Americans and making it to the tournament final were the Paks and Windees. Capturing the 2021 Championship was the Wind-

ees with the winning team taking home the $75,000 Grand Prize and with Raunaq Sharma, batsman for the Windees, being named season MVP and winning a new Chevrolet Corvette, said to be the largest MVP prize in the history of Cricket Tournaments worldwide. In 2022, look for five more teams to join the American Premier League.

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The PBR Returns to Newark NJ 2021 ZipRecriuter Invitational at the Prudential Center or the first time in league history, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) elite Unleash The Beast traveled to Newark, New Jersey, welcoming fans to Prudential Center on September 18-19 for the PBR Newark Invitational. While the event marked the PBR premier series’ debut in Newark, this Garden State city is no stranger to PBR action. In 2014, Newark hosted a stop for the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, with Rowdy Rice (Easly, South Carolina) capturing the event win.

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At this September’s first-ever PBR Unleash The Beast event in Newark, New Jersey, reigning World Champion Jose Vitor Leme’s season for the ages continued to roll. The Brazilian phenom registered two round wins to tie two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney for the season round win record, and also delivered a walk-off 90-point ride in the championship round to clinch his elite tour-best seventh event victory of the 2021 season at the PBR ZipRecruiter Invitational at Prudential Center. Leme was quick to strike in Round 1, covering A-Team (Universal Rodeo) for 88.5 points to begin Championship Sunday tied for third on the event leaderboard In the second round of competition inside the home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, Leme catapulted to the top of the event standings when he rode Home Photo: Jose Vitor Leme on his last ride of the 2021 ZipRecruiter Unleash the Beast Initational being bucked off of Slingin Tears, the Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson/Caveman bucking bull. Photo: Warren Rosenberg www.nyspg.com Text by Kacie Albert. IMG

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Wrecker (Blake Sharp/Kanngiesser Cattle Co.) for a monstrous 92 points. The 90-point score, Leme’s 20th of the season, also earned him his 18th round victory of the year. Leme burst from the chutes aboard the powerful bovine athlete, the raucous Garden State crowd erupting in cheer as he reached the requisite 8 seconds. Marked 90.75 points, his unprecedented 21st 90-point ride of the season, Leme won the championship round, tying Mauney for most round wins in a season with 19. Mauney initially set the record in 2013 en route to his first gold buckle. However, while the crowd celebrated, Leme winced in visible pain as he made his way off the dirt. The golden finish earned Leme a check for $28,491.68 along with a critical 154.5 world points. He furthered his stronghold on the No. 1 rank in the race for the 2021 PBR World Championship,

Above: Photo by Clark Thompson, www.Clarkshots1.com

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Fernando Henrique Novais (Pereira Barreto, Brazil) went a perfect 3-for-3 to finish a careerbest second at the PBR ZipRecruiter Invitational. Needing a qualified ride in Round 1 to advance to Championship Sunday, the 35-year-old succeeded under pressure, covering Black Beetle (K-C Bucking Bulls/JoZ Bucking Bulls) for 86 points. Novais then punched his ticket to the championship round when he delivered his second qualified ride of the event, marked 88.25 points aboard Dirty Sancho (Blake Sharp/Koe Wetzel/High Voltage Cattle) in Round 2. In the championship round bull draft, Novais elected to go head-to-head against Mike’s Motive (Blake Shar/High Voltage Cattle/American Spirits/ Koe Wetzel). Prior to their showdown, Mike’s Motive had been ridden just twice in 15 outs on record, most recently by 2016 PBR World Champi-


ion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) in May for 91.75 points to clinch the Unleash The Beast victory in Jacksonville, Florida. Replicating Davis’s success, Novais also made the 8 aboard Mike’s Motive for a head-turning score, registering his career-first 90-point ride on the elite Unleash The Beast with 90.25 points. Novais left Prudential Center having earned $14,819.14 and 91.5 world points. Third was Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington), earning $10,579.63 and 73 world points. In the opening rounds of action, Kolbaba secured the seventh pick in the final round bull draft when he covered Godzilla (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson/High Voltage Cattle) for 86 points in Round 1 and Cooter Brown (Lucas Manning/Waller Brothers Cattle Co.) for 87.5 points in Round 2. Kolbaba was then propelled to his season-best finish on the premier series when he punctuated his perfect outing in New Jersey with an 88.25-point effort atop Walking Tall (Davis Rodeo Ranch) in the championship round. The Washington rider rose two positions in the race for the 2021 PBR World Championship, climbing from No. 10 to No. 8. Above and Below: Photos by Clark Thompson, www.Clarkshots1.com

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As the final rider to go unbeaten inside Prudential Center, Davis was fourth.Unrivaled in Round 1, Davis logged his eighth round win of the season when he rode Patillo Ridge (5S Bucking Bulls/Tex Brothers Ranch) for 89.5 points. The Texan once again brought the electric crowd to its feet in Round 2 when he went the distance aboard Buffalo Scott (Blake Sharp/TBR Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points. In the championship round, despite being offered a re-ride, Davis, who was afflicted by a thumb injury, opted to keep his 77.5-point score on DJ Long John (Blake Sharp/High Voltage Cattle/American Spirits). Davis will return to the Lone Star State with a check for $10,484.21 and 68.5 world points. He remained No. 3 in the world, now 914 points behind No. 1 Leme.

For the fifteenth time in league history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will buck into “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” holding the elite Unleash The Beast’s Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden, presented by Ariat, one of the initial events for the 2022 season featuring the Top 30 bull riders in the world, at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 7-9. For three nights only, the Top 30 bull riders in the world will compete in one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness, going head-to-head against the sport’s rankest bovine athletes, in the ultimate showdown of man vs. beast. The 2022 PBR Unleash The Beast event at Madison Square Garden will mark the sport’s 15th event inside the iconic venue following a one-year hiatus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth was Mauricio Moreira (Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil). Moreira rode Freakin Wicked (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Ed & Cindy Fogle) for 88.25 points in Round 1 and Bottom’s Up (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls) for 89.25 points in Round 2. But his hopes of victory came to a heartbreaking end in the final round when he was called for a slap at the 3-second mark on Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). Moreira left Prudential Center with 49 world points. He remains No. 7 in the world standings.

The bull riding action for the PBR Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden, presented by Ariat, begins with Round 1 at 7:45 p.m. EST on Friday, January 7, followed by Round 2 at 6:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 8. The event will conclude with Round 3 and the championship round at 1:45 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 9. All competing bull riders will get on one bull each in Rounds 1-3. Following Round 3 on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual threeround scores will be totaled with the Top 12 advancing to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.

Above (Left), The PBR ‘Entertainer”, Flint Rasmussen playing to the crowd, (Right) PBR bull waiting in the wings for his chance to buck-off a rider. Photos by Warren Rosenberg, www.nyspg.com

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USA Boxing Metro/APJ Boxing Club Less Guns, More Boxing

Poughkeepsie’s APJ Boxing Club Takes Action Against Street Violence by Clark Thompson and Warren Rosenberg

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ith New York Metro area boxing now back in full swing following it’s pause during the early part of the Covid pandemic, the region’s official amateur boxing sanctioning body, USA Boxing Metro is in the midst of a full fall schedule. On Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at the APJ Boxing Club in Poughkeepsie N.Y., a special and timely event took place. Conceived by APJ Boxing Club founder and owner, Kariym Patterson, the event, ‘Less Guns, More Boxing’ featured 12 bouts involving boxers of all ages. In explaining his reason for promoting such an event, Patterson noted that, “We are at an all-time high of gun violence in the City of Poughkeepsie, the city I grew up in. One thing I know about boxing is that kids who box are way less likely to pick up a gun to resolve their issues. We’re doing a show, a USA Boxing sanctioned event called ‘Less Guns, More Boxing’. I need everyone to come out and show these young kids some love and that there’s another way to resolve their differences than picking up guns.”

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Included among the participating athletes was just such a young man, nine year-old Mason Canada, a resident of Poughkeepsie and representative of the youth that Patterson is trying to reach. Mason was introduced to boxing by his father, Duane Canada who, as told to MetroSports Magazine by his mother, Stephanie Believe, “Duane introduced Mason to boxing and has been there every step of the way. Every training session right beside him encouraging him, pushing him to his potential.” USA Boxing Metro vice-president and former heavyweight boxing champion, Sonya Lamonakis was on hand to witness Mason’s first ever amateur fight. As a 7th grade teacher at New York City’s PS183, Sonya has dedicated her professional career to helping guide, support and encourage the intellectual and social development of young people. From her ringside perch, she took notice of Mason

and commented on her social media page, “This is Mason, he’s 9, in the white tank top. Last night in Poughkeepsie he was the 6th bout. His first bout. He came to the glove table, alone, with his mouthpiece, in tears, trying to catch his breath. All he kept saying was “I don’t want to fight that kid”, “I don’t want to fight that kid”, with tears pouring out!! So I put my hand on his arm, told him take a deep breath, I encouraged him, calmed him, and was able to get his gloves on. His coach and his father then came and started walking him to the ring. On his way to the ring he looked back! I was so proud of him, I threw my fist up in the air!!! He lost that bout, his first bout!!! But… he won so much more by overcoming his fear and climbing in the squared circle. Boxing changes lives!”. Also present and reflecting on Sonya’s encouragement of young Mason, boxer and trainer Lou Balaguer commented, “I was at the glove table and had the

Above: Mason Canada (white shirt) connects with a right to the jaw of his opponent, Amare Foster (black shirt) All photos by Clark Thompson, www.ClarkShots1.com

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privilege of witnessing you helping Mason face his fears with words of encouragement. Moments like this reminds me why I fell in love with boxing and started coaching. Thanks for all you do for USA Boxing.” Mason’s first experience in the ring is almost a mirror image of Sonya’s. In a personal letter to her elementary school students she has written about her first time in ring. “So, I went down to the South End Community Center in Springfield and met my first boxing coach, Victor James. Three months later, I fought a woman who had 24 fights and won the first Gold Medal for the Pan Ams in America. She whipped my butt. But even though I lost, I knew boxing was

meant to be a part of my journey. From being in the ring to jumping rope and learning to fight, I loved it all. And a year later, I came back and fought that same op-ponent and won. Ultimately, I moved to New York City, turned pro, and started teaching in New York City public schools. Boxing gave me instant credibility with all of you. But more than credibility, boxing has given me more confidence.” Much thanks are to be given to Sonya Lamonakis and USA Boxing Metro, to Kariym Patterson and the APJ Boxing Club, and to everyone who is committed to helping America’s youth develop through the sport of boxing.

Above: Amare Foster (black shirt) lands a left jab on his way to a win at APJ Boxing Club’s “Less Guns, More Boxing” Facing Page: Winners Trophy and fight card All photos by Clark Thompson, www.Clarkshots1.com

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Army Football Pays Tribute on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 by Warren Rosenberg

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n September 11, 2021, the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, all on hand at West Point’s Michie Stadium helped honor America, honor the lives lost, and recognize the heroic efforts of those who work to keep us safe in a touching pre-game tribute. Everyone in attendance in the stands was given an American flag to wave during the pre-game tribute. Every member of the Army Black Knights football team ran onto the field proudly carrying an American flag and were joined by Yonkers firefighter and 9/11 first responder, Steve Trizano and U.S. Marine Rocky Sickmann, one of the hostages held in Iran at the end of the Carter administration. This was also the first game held at Michie Stadium with a full capacity crowd of over 25,000 in almost two years due to Covid pandemic restrictions. With seven New York Metro area cadets on the Black Knights roster, and under the guidance of head coach Jeff Monken, the Black Knights captured their second win of the season in a tight game against Western Kentucky with the final score of 38-35. It was the first time that Army has beaten Western Kentucky in their four meetings and the fourth time in Coach Monken’s eight year tenure that Army has started a season with back-to-back wins. It was also the Black Knights eleventh straight win at Michie Stadium. Team members hailing from the New York Metro region include quarterback Christian Anderson out of Cardinal Hayes high school in the Bronx, offensive linebacker Jimmy Carlo from St. Joseph’s Regional high school in Ringwood N.J., wide receiver Isiah Alston who played his high school ball at Mater

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Above: U.S. Army Black Knight’s take the field in a patriotic display. Photo Credit: GoArmyWestPoint Instagram Below: Army quarterback and Bronx native, Christian Anderson. Above: Christian Anderson. Photo Credit: GoArmyWestPoint.

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Dei Prep in Carteret, N.J., running back Justin Lescouflair from Freeport N.Y and Freeport Senior high school, cornerback Bo Nicolas-Paul from Hillside high school in Irvington, N.J., linebacker Tyler Rafferty from nearby Newburgh N.Y. and the Newburgh Free Academy, and defensive back Damon Washington out of the Blair Academy in East Brunswick, N.J. Bronx native Christian Anderson had a stellar performance and was named named Player of the Game. Army head coach Jeff Monken tweeted “tough, gritty performance by senior QB Christian Anderson in the victory over WKU. ⁦@ArmyWP_Football⁩ Player of the Game rushed for career-high 119 yds. and passed for 77 yds and a TD. “ Thankful for the guidance provided by his high school coaching staff, Anderson commented, “Always give thanks to my Hayes family - wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

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Could it be that the Army Black Knights are on their way to claiming consecutive Commander-inChief’s trophies having won that honor in 2020. MetroSports Magazine’s John Chuhran was onhand in 2018 when the Black Knights received their previous Commander-in-Chief’s trophy from president Donald J. Trump (facing page). The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is awarded to each season’s winner of the American college footballl series among the teams of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY (Army Black Knights), the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD (Navy Midshipmen) and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO (Air Force Falcons). With the Air Force Falcons holding 20 Commander-in-Chief’s trophys, the Navy Midshipmen 16, and the Army Black Knights only 9 over the trophy’s fourty-nine year history, there’s a lot riding on the shoulders of the Army Football team


Above: President Donald J. Trump receiving the Army Black Knights Football team at the White House for the presentation of the 2018 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

to begin evening up the score. As of the publication of this issue of MetroSports Magazine, the Army Black Knights stand at 5-3 on the season ending a 3 game losing streak with a win over Air Force in the 2021 Commander’s Cup game. The Commander-in Chief trophy stands 2.5 feet (0.76 m) high and weighs 170 lb (77 kg). The design consists of three silver footballs in a

pyramid-like arrangement, set on a circular base, with three arc-shaped sections cut out – one for each academy. In each of the cut-out areas stands a silver figurine of the mascot of one of the academies, in front of small, engraved plates denoting which years the respective academy has won the trophy. Beneath each of the three silver footballs is the crest of one of the three academies.

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Semi-Pro Football from Around the Region by Clark Thompson

Brooklyn Seminoles, Photo: Clark Thompson Hudson Valley Mountaineers, Photo: Clark Thompson

New York Bandits, Photo: Clark Thompson

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Harlem Gators (grey) vs Long Island Red Devils (black), Photo: Clark Thompson

Connecticut Panthers, Photo: Clark Thompson Brooklyn Bulldawgs, Photo: Clark Thompson

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