2014 Regional Youth Competitions
WESTERN NEW YORK REFEREES TURN IN A SOLID PERFORMANCE AT REGIONAL COMPETITIONS!
REGION 1 PRESIDENT’S CUP:
WNYSRA sent five officials and one assessor to the 2014 President’s Cup in Slippery Rock, PA. The referees were Michael Boltri of Buffalo, Jeffrey Cook of Ithaca, Christopher Mazgaj of Buffalo, Jessica Mazgaj of Buffalo, Ankur Singh of Buffalo and Nicholas Wodo of Buffalo. The assessor was Sam Akimbami of Buffalo. Also of note, our State Director of Assessment, Arthur Jaspe, was invited by the region 1 referee committee to be the chief of assessors at the tournament.

Because of his performance at the tournament, Jeffery Cook was invited to and attended the National President’s Cup finals. Nicholas Wodo was also invited to the National Tournament but could not attend due to work commitments.

REGION 1 ODP TOURNAMENT:
9 referees and 2 assessors attended the event held the weekend after state cup in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area of New Jersey. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and John Kramer. Referees in attendance were Mackenzie App, Syracuse; Amanda Forbes, Rochester; Keri Kephart, Rochester; Matthew Deinhart, Buffalo; Charles Loweecey, Buffalo; Rabee Naji, Buffalo; Ian Ronan, Buffalo; Christopher Soufleris, Rochester and Antonio Triana, Ithaca.

Based on his very strong performance in Lawrenceville, Rabee Naji was invited to the Regional ODP Finals in Kirkwood and from there to the National ODP Finals this coming March.

REGION 1 DIRECTOR’S PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS:
Western New York nominated two referees to attend the finals in Kirkwood Delaware. They were Rabee Naji of Buffalo and Greg Irwin of Rochester. Remarkably, both referees were nominated from this tournament to represent the Premier league at the Region 1 Championships bringing our total number of referees at that tournament from 13 to 15; more than many states much larger than ours.

REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
15 referees and 2 assessors attended the Region 1 Championships at the University of Rhode Island this year. For many of the referees, this was their first year at the tournament and I am happy to say that they represented Western New York extremely well. Assessors attending were Art Jaspe and Dick Reif. Referees invited to the tournament were Mackenzie App, Syracuse; Jonathan Bilinski, Southern Tier; Michael Boltri, Buffalo; Jeffrey Cook, Ithaca; Amanda Forbes, Rochester; Gregory Irwin, Rochester; Daniel Kaluzhnyy, Binghamton; Keri Kephart, Rochester; Brianne Lilly, Rochester; Charles Loweecey, Buffalo; Rabee Naji, Buffalo; Kyle Sauln, Rochester; Christopher Soufleris, Rochester; Antonio Triana, Ithaca and Christopher Weatherspoon of Rochester. Unfortunately, Keri Kephart suffered a tournament ending concussion when she was struck by a hard clear on the last day of the round robin.

All remaining referees were assigned to semis with centers going to Mackenzie App, Under 12 Girls Small Sided and Brianne Lilly, Under 12 Girls Full Sided.

Seven of our referees received final assignments. Those were Rabee Naji, Under 17 Boys Center; Mackenzie App, Under 12 Girls Small Sided 4th; Jeffrey Cook, Under 18 Girls AR2; Daniel Kaluzhnyy, Under 15 Boys AR2; Christopher Weatherspoon, Under 15 Boys AR1, Kyle Sauln, Under 16 Boys, AR2 and Greg Irwin, Under 19 Boys AR1.

Of note, we had one referee invited to nationals and one nominated as an alternate. They were Rabee Naji and Greg Irwin as the alternate.

REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP PHOTO:
Left to Right:
Art Jaspe (WNYSRA SDA), Rabee Naji, Kyle Sauln, JJ Bilinski, Christopher Soufleris, Charles Loweecey, Jeff Cook, Michael Boltri, Antonio Triana, Brianne Lilly, Keri Kephart, Amanda Forbes, Mackenzie App, Chris Weatherspoon, Daniel Kaluzhnyy, Dick Reif (Assessor), Hugh Goodrich (NYSW Secretary and State Cup Chair) and Greg Irwin
KERI KEPHART anticipating a hard foul at the Region 1 ODP Tournament.
JEFFREY COOK
watches play develop during his semi-final center at the Region 1 President's Cup tournament at Slippery Rock, PA.
GREG IRWIN enjoying a round robin match during the Regional Championships
BRIANNE LILLY as well as several players wondering what will happen next in a match at the Region 1 Championships
MACKENZIE APP watches for the ball to arrive in her semi-final match at the Region 1 Championships.
RABEE NAJI
assures correct ball placement during his final center at the Regional Championships
CHRIS WEATHERSPOON as an assistant referee at his final match at the regional championships.
DAN KALUZHNYY goes airborne as an assistant referee at his final match at the regional championships.
AMANDA FORBES handles the coin toss at the first match in the Region 1 ODP Tournament.
ANTONIO TRIANA gets a close look at play at the Region 1 ODP Tournament.
Nobody messes with MICHAEL BOLTRI
at Regionals!

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