Monday, February 9, 2015


9 February 2015

Guest Author: CDR Steve Kelleher, Deputy Commandant of Cadets

It may have been a “Sunday at Sea” during the day, but at night it became the “Commotion in the Ocean” as the Cadets and the Commandant’s Office held its fifth annual “Mayhem in Mayaguez” jousting tournament and charity auction/raffle on the Helo-deck, all to benefit local children of military families on the Cape. Top auction items included a movie night in the Captain’s man cave for the winning bidder and three friends. Other sought after items were; No Off-load
watch/responsibilities, extra day of liberty in Fort Lauderdale and three limited edition T.S Kennedy hats signed by none other than the Captain himself.

In the jousting competition, Jared “The Mountain” Roark of Plymouth Mass successfully defended his super heavy title against Joe “The Foothill” Bertucci of Quincy. These two evenly matched supersized pugilists battled it out no stop in the pouring rain to cheers and applause of a grateful crowd. The duel was close but “The Mountain” prevailed, winning by a narrow margin on the judge’s score cards. Other fight entertainment involved a heated match between the Cadet Chief Engineer Dan “The Rat“ Antonellis of Brockton, Mass and the Cadet Chief Mate Brian “ Always Sweaty” Sarapas of Plainville, Mass. “The Rat” was fierce and game striking many a powerful blow to the head of his opponent, but in the end “Sweaty’s” height advantage proved too formidable an obstacle for the “The Rat’ to overcome. “Sweaty “ eked out the victory.

The night included several mixed matches, Ensign Sarah “Take no Crap” Lewis of Plano, TX, despite a 100 pound weight difference, defeated Ensign Brendan “Heathbar” Heath of Southampton, Mass in this spirited match that included numerous infractions and penalty points on the part of “TnC” aka the Texas Tornado. In addition, “Thunder” Buddy Ford of Lynn, Mass showed little mercy in his battle with Meghan “The Weir Wolf” Weir of N. Andover. Despite her best efforts, the “Wolf” could not stop the “Thunder’s” thunderous onslaught. When it was all said and done the Cadets raised/donated approximately $6,000.00 to the charitable cause.

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