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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
The Rockaway Times
WorldChampions KarateCenter
Hosts AAUMetro Championships
The26thAnnualN.Y.Metropolitan
Karate Championships were held
Sunday,April3,at theAviatorSports
Center.Thisprestigioustournament
brought together athletes from the
Metro area, Long Island, New Jer-
sey,Pennsylvania,andUpstate.
This tournament is necessary
to qualify for the AAU National
Tournament, which will be held
in Ft. Lauderdale this year.
The Karateka competed in
Kata (forms), Kumite (point
sparring) and Kobudo (weap-
ons). The ages ranged from five-
year-old beginners to 60-year-
old Black Belts. The rings were
refereed by National Level ref-
erees Sensei James Esopo, Sen-
sei Samer Hussein, Sensei Odell
Hemby and Sensei Thomas Car-
rano. Advanced studentsDonna,
Leondra, Cameron, Richard and
Tiyanna were judges in the vari-
ous rings.
World Champions Karate Cen-
ter Black Belt Anna Febola ran
the beginner ring. The beginner
ring was only for students who
had never been in a competition
and were partnered with others
of the same level.Thismade their
day less stressfulwithin the scope
of the larger tournament around
them.The rigorous trainingat the
dojo prepared all the students to
succeed.
The competition cannot func-
tionwithout the helpof themany
parents who volunteered their
time.Thematcheswere scored at
ringside by Todd, Amy, Tori, Da-
mian, Amanda, Sarah and Ryan.
Jun ran the EMS table, while Da-
vid and Louis staffed the door
and checked registrations.
Advanced students, Lucas, Ja-
son, Billy and Kirk expedited the
rings and gave out the medals. In
addition, the other competingDo-
jos (schools)helpedstaff the rings.
The World Champion Karate
Team garnered many gold, silver
and bronze medals in their age
and rank divisions. Just as impor-
tant as eachandeverymedal and
the effort that goes into winning
and competing, is the fact that
every single match in Traditional
Karate starts andendswithabow
for respect to one another.
The World Champions Karate
Team is (front l-r) Quentin, Asha,
Liam, Nadia, Jadyn, Nico, (second
l-r) James, Reggie, Jayden M., Ja-
cob, Jack, Dylan N., Maks, Calvin,
Logan(third l-r)Obdulio, JaydonV.,
Juan, Leila, Reiner, DylanR., Fiorel-
la, Ellen (back l-r) Brendon, Dylan
K., Darnell, Jessica, Kaden, Patrick,
Sean and Shahid. For more infor-
mation about World Champions
KarateCenter, checkout theDojoat
112-20BeachChannelDrive.
2016RockawayLittleLeague
StartsWithBadWeather,GoodIntentions
Winter-like weather descend-
ed on the first week of the 2016
season, making games and prac-
tices virtually impossible. After a
well-attended Coaches Day that
stressed the importance of posi-
tive coaching, the first games of the
season tookplaceaweek laterwith
theEl CaribeReds bumpingoff the
L.MahoneyReal EstateAthletics in
MinorBoysaction.
Rockaway Little League is bless-
ed to have scores of great coaches
as well as hundreds of supportive
parents. Still, the competitive spirit
can get the best of any adult. RLL’s
goal is to teach positive life lessons
through baseball. The league’s
commitment tothePositiveCoach-
ingAllianceisameanstomakesure
alladultsinvolvedwithRLLdemon-
strate attitudes and behaviors that
set the best example for our young-
sters. This commitment will be ev-
ident through pre-game pledges,
in-game sportsmanship and post-
gamefunthroughout theyear.
While
the
weather-delayed
games on April 10 were the first
live action of the year, RLL’s offi-
cial Opening Day Celebration will
take place this Saturday (April 16)
at the fields in Ft. Tilden, Gateway
NRA. Hundreds of families par-
ticipate in this gala every year. It
begins with the traditional parade
at 9:00 followed by the flag-raising
ceremony. Dignitaries like RLL pa-
tronSenatorChuckSchumer often
attend. Ceremonial first pitches
follow. Councilman Eric Ulrich,
State Senator JosephAddabbo and
CongressmanGregoryMeekshave
opened the season with a strike in
the past. AssemblymanPhil Gold-
feder, sponsor or the Tee Ball Roy-
als cannot attend since the event is
heldonaSaturday.
April 16 is the true opening day
for the Challenger and Tee Ball
divisions. When those games get
started, Field 5 will be opened for
food and carnival rides. (Tickets
are required for the foodand rides.)
Inside the Clubhouse, the annu-
al Chinese auction will take place
with numerous prizes from local
business and sports clubs, includ-
ing New York Knicks, New York
Giants, The Wharf, Uncle Louie G,
Wish, Belle Harbor Steak House,
Blue Bungalow, Lola Star, Daltons,
ShannonFlorist,AllSeasonsStudio,
Chrissy’sPhotography,Perla,Lana’s
Loft,Glidersandmanymore.
On the field this week, the El
Caribe Reds topped the Mahoney
Real Estate A’s 18-8. Jack Con-
rath pitched three solid innings
and Jayden McMillan closed out
the game. The Reds’ pitching was
awesome. El Caribe received solid
hitting fromNick Bendetto, Logan
KaseandGregHarte.
DIAMOND DUST: More than
700 boys and girls, including Chal-
lenger athletes, will compete on 56
Rockaway Little League teams in
2016. Participation is fully restore
to pre-Sandy levels, a sign of Rock-
away’s continued resurgence…
For more information on Open-
ing Day, go to www.rockawayli-
ttleleagueny.com...Prior to each
game, players will recite RLL’s We
Will pledge. It reads, “Thank you
for the chance to play the great
American game with my friends
and neighbors. During the game:
WeWill... Play fair; WeWill... Root
for our teammates; We Will... Re-
spect our opponents; We Will...
Respect coaches andumpires;We
Will... Always do our best, win or
lose. And when the game is over,
WeWill shakehands -winor lose.”
RUGBY PLAYOFFS
By Ciaren O’Hara
Come out and support the
Rockaway Fisheads as they clash
with the Danbury Madhatters in
the first round of the 2016 playoffs
this Saturday, 1 pm at Fort Tilden.
After capping off a 9-1 season in
November with a win over archrival
BrooklynRFC, theFishsecured their
playoff spot before entering their
winterslumber. Now, the#4seeded
boys of Rockaway have returned to
the pitch, and have been training
hard in anticipation of this bout on
the Beach with #5 Danbury. From
the moment of kick off, Rockaway
intends to offer no quarter to their
guests fromthenorthas theydefend
theFort.
The match will be followed by
a barbeque, complete with adult
beverages.Comeout forwhat should
be a beautiful sunny day, a great
match,andagreatafter-party.