2017 Stars & Stripes Coed Invitational
1,700+ Gymnasts, 75+ National Level Athletes, 55+ Gymnastics Teams, 6 States, 2 Countries, 180 Coaches, 25 Judging Officials, 25 Flights, 4 Days of Competition, 500 Volunteer Manned positions, 3 Truck loads of equipment, numerous Hotel, Convention Center, Judging, Equipment~~ Contracts, Organizations ~ Meetings, Negotiations ~ 2,000 Awards Presented, 50 Hero Presenters, 7 Beautiful National Anthem Singers, 7 Vendors, a mound of official paperwork mailed & filed, 700 organizational emails, 300 phone messages, 16 Media Interviews, 1 Very Awesome Booster Club...
1 Big A$$ Flag!
A Big Thank You to ALL who helped make this event Special!
2018 Stars & Stripes Coed Invitational
Jan. 12th thru 15th, 2018
Bayfront Convention Center
Reed Yost - Level 5 - 2016 PA State Silver Medalist on High Bar
Sebastian Shirk - Level 4 - 2016 PA State - Pommel Horse, Rings, High Bar, 1st Place - All Around CHAMPION! Sebastian also took silver on Floor and Bronze on the Parallel Bars.
Yanat Patanakul - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Rings Champion & received the Bronze on High Bar.
Jonah Witkowski - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Silver Medalist High Bar / Bronze on: Floor, Vault, Parallel Bars, 3rd All Around.
Lucas Kantz - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Bronze Medalist on Rings
A Special Thank You!
I always hate writing a Public Thank You in that inevitably, I will forget to mention what I call the "Fumble Recovery Team". The "Fumble Recovery Team", and people among us that when we 'drop the ball' / make mistakes, they without direction set out on a course to fix it. I never find out what they did to save the day until days, weeks, months after the event, but they were crucial to the success of the event.
Here is my best attempt while still groggy from the event and before the dust settles...
First, my loving wife - who keeps me (squirrel?) on track! My 2 Children - Jesse & Mackenzie - who bear the brunt of what goes wrong behind the scenes.
Jill Little - EGCPA Booster President (& Awards), the EGCPA Board... Wendy Gunther, Brandi Antuzzi, Rob Rodemoyer, Kim Covato, Rick Skrbin, Charnetti Bush, Laura Revak, Deanna Su, Teri Benovic, and a host of Level Reps. The whole of the Team Lightning Parents who give up most or all of their weekend for this, Chuck Brendel - The Flag guy! EGC Staff, Crystal Wozniak - Med Staff, Andy Parks - sound, Ron Sertz, Mark eanneret, & Emily Biddle - Erie Sports Commission, John Hatch - Scoremaster, BCC Staff,... AND the "Fumble Recovery Team"
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2017 Xcel State
May 6th & 7th 2017
Bayfront Convention Center
Wow! A Huge Thanks to the Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Community!
MEDIA: There was a ton of media coverage on this years Stars & Stripes. I would like to Thank the Erie Sports Commission for their efforts in Media exposure of the event! The following are links to some of the media - TV, Newpaper, Social Media. This should be interesting to many of the teams & athletes present in that many of the pictures depict athletes from visiting team, and some are available for purchase.
A Big Congrats as well to Team Lightning's Women's Level 8's
Sammie Benovic & Sascha Gibson!!
Out of a field of the top 200 Level 8's in the State, we congratulate Sammie & Sascha for placing in the top 12 & advancing to the Regional Championship where they will face the top 12 from NJ, VA, MD, WV, & DE.
We Congratulate - Sascha Gibson - Current Gold Medalist in Region VII with a super impressive 9.70 Vault!
We Congratulate Sammie Benovic - Triple Region VII medalist - Bronze Floor - 9.55 / Bronze Vault - 9.55 / 12th All Around
Thank You! $14,894.00
A Huge Big Thank You goes out to the Stars & Stripes Participating Teams, Team Lightning Boosters, and Erie Gymnastics Center. This year the Stars & Stripes raised a record $14,894.00 for the Fairfield & Brookeside Volunteer Fire Departments! The total donation was a combined result of Program Sales, Passing the Boot, Donation of Proceeds from Admissions to become the biggest single fundraiser for any charity associated with the Stars & Stripes. It couldn't have gone to any better Heroes who serve the Erie Gymnastics Community!
Personally, I want to thank the generosity of the Teams, Gymnasts, and their Parents that participated in this years event. I wish to pass on the deepest Thanks from the members of both of the Fire Departments. We sort of totally underestimate the projected amount of somewhere around $5.000.00.
We wish to thank the Fire Departments for being our local Heroes and passing out the Awards all weekend long at the Competition. We also wish to thank them for giving the gymnasts a tour of the operations and Brookside Fire Department.
In a funny side note: I was slightly detained by the Press Photographer. Before I could warn the Chief about how he exactly phrased things with the gymnasts, he opened the door to the side of the Fire Truck and told the kids they could get in and take a look around. Nearly 30 of the gymnasts simultaneously took his words literally and all packed into the back of the Fire Truck. We were going to call Guniess World Book of Records in that they had to have set a record for most people stuffed into a Fire Truck!
Team Lightning Men!!!
Team Lightning Men's Team had a great weekend at this years Men's State Gymnastics Championships! The event was hosted at the Parkettes National Training facility. Team Lightning had some Awesome results.
Andy Parks (age 15) is our new and current reigning 2016 Level 9 State Champion. Andy fantastic meet and almost swept the competition winning 6 Gold Medals. Andy won gold on Floor Ex. / Pommel / High Bar / Parallel Bars / Vault & All Around.
Joey Rizzo also had a great weekend and is the 2016 State Level 8 Gold All Around Champion. Joey is the State Champion on Floor, Pommel Horse, & Vault. Joey also took Silver Medals on Rings & High Bar.
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