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12 swimmers, 6 basketball teams, 3 tennis players, and 2 individual skills athletes represented Philadelphia at the 2017 Eastern Spring Sectional on Saturday, May 6th at Kutztown University. They joined athletes from Area P, Bethlehem City, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia/Montour, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northumberland/Snyder, Montgomery, and Schuylkill. The total number of athletes at this event was 1150 across six different sports! With the theme of “Under the Big Top” our athletes performed on the court and in the pool. Although there weren’t any elephants or tigers, our athletes gave wonderful performances in each of their events.
Things got started at 9:00 am with clouds looming overhead signaling a rainy day, but the rain held off, even though it pushed Opening Ceremonies indoors. Although everyone was indoors for Opening Ceremonies, the gymnasium was loud with excitement. Rebecca Konen from KutzTones, Kutztown University’s a cappella group sang the national anthem. Kutztown University’s Cheerleading team escorted athletes during the Parade of Athletes. Kutztown University President, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, spoke words of encouragement and pride that his school hosts the Eastern Spring Sectionals before wishing athletes the best of luck. Kutztown Dance Team performed for our athletes and it got the crowd energized for the competition that would soon follow. After their performance, the games were declared open and everyone scattered to see what the big top had in store!
After preliminary competitions, our basketball teams found out their course – and it gave them a welcomed challenge. In their final games, they were able to show off the skills they had been working on and captured a spot on the podium. In the pool, there were some close races as our athletes sprinted down the pool and paced themselves in the longer distances. On the tennis courts, one of our athletes showed off their individual skills in the forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand groundstroke, backhand groundstroke, serve – deuce court, serve ad court, and alternating strokes with movement.
|200 Individual Medley||3:16.28||2nd|
|200 Individual Medley||5:04.42||1st|
|Derrell Sutton, Brian Stulz, Charlie Zisette, Matthew Everett, Carl Irvis, Derrick Jackson, Josh Harris, Corey Sweet, Danny Charlton, Jason Bixby||Ryan Milanaik||3rd|
|Joshua Gaskin, Robald Atkins, Sam Fioravanti, Matt Beckman, William Strauser, Miguel Lebron, Allison Rutzier, Ernest Swanson, Danny Amrik||Walt Beckman||2nd|
|Michael Castillo, Aida Ortiz, James Shelton, Stanley Dluzniewski, Jonathan Naissance, Kristie Walls, Kelly Dluzniewski, David Brent Williams, Zachary Hollinger||Jon Garvey||3rd|
|Matthew Grabowski, Kwanted Crummy, Ryan Bogan, Vernon Mayfield, Joe Rynkiewicz, Angel Rodriguez, Luis Cotto, Mitchell Stahl||Chris Muzi||3rd|
|Nicole Stanley, James Fulton, Lateef Hiller, Corbin Whittington, Frank Olevsky, Nakisha Johnson, Benjamin Liken, James Trotman, Sebastian Zeiss, Trevor Thompson||Myra Ausberry||3rd|
|Lavar Gladden, Anthony Glannigan, Davon Clements, Demetrius LeFlore, Abdul Muhammad, Derrick Slef, Denzel McFadden, Kenneth Lamont, Michael Henderson, Christopher Ray||Will Holman||1st|
Elijah Williams & Christopher Newton