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Former Raider finishes 3rd at NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships

March 16th - Cleveland, OH -  Former Port Jervis Red Raider Steven Butler placed third in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships held March 16th in Cleveland, OH.  Wrestling for Lindenwood University (MO) in the 285lb heavyweight class, Butler's third place finish helped Lindenwood finish the year ranked 3rd in the nation.

Butler's quest for a national title was halted by Ziad Hassad of Kutztown University.  Hassad defeated Butler 5-2 on his way to the national title at heavyweight.  Steven Butler - Wrestling for Lindenwood University

Butler, an All-American wrestler for Lindenwood has had a storied career, met with some major hurdles and challenges.  Butler's wrestling resume is quite impressive.  At Port Jervis, Butler was a 3-time Section IX Champion, finished 2nd in the 2009 New York State Wrestling Tournament, and took home the top spot in the Ohio Tournament of Champions.

From Port Jervis, Butler took his skills to Newberry University, (SC), a school which heavily recruited him.  in 2010, Butler sustained a serious elbow injury and had the ligaments surgically reattached. In 2011 he was recruited to Division II Lindenwood University in St. Charles (MO). While playing for the Lindenwood Lions football team as defensive guard, Butler suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. After surgery, Butler transferred to University of Buffalo (NY) to wrestle where he experienced a torn meniscus and had yet a third surgery. Uncertain of any future in college athletics, he returned to Lindenwood in 2013 where he battled back and became the NCAA "Wrestler of the Week" twice in February, 2014 and won first place in the Midwest Regionals and qualified to compete in the national championship.

Lindenwood's wrestling coach Chad Smith said of his 285 heavyweight's contributions to the team after he won first place in the Midwestern States, "...and Steven Butler was...Butler. He did what he always does, day-in and day out."

Injuries can be a deterrent to the average athlete, but they do not defeat a champion like Butler. The future is yet to be determined for him as he was red-shirted in 2011 and may be allowed to wrestle and play football next year. He is a model of sheer determination and diligence that the tri-state community can be proud of and young athletes may see as an example of pursuing excellence, persevering through hard work and attaining high athletic achievements.

Nite at the Races trots in with over $4000 for Port Football!

March 1, 2014 - Port Jervis, NY - The Red and Black Touchdown Club, in conjunction with the Port Jervis Elks, Lodge #645 hosted "A Nite at the Races" to benefit the Port Jervis Football program.  With over 120 people attending, the "Nite" was a great success - raising over $4000 for the football program. 

The evening kicked off with a delicious buffet, catered by local celebrity chef Bill Harris and his company "Chef on the Run". 

After a great meal, those attending were able to purchase raffle tickets and chances to win 1 of the 35 gift baskets donated by friends and families of the football program.

The real "fun" of the night was the horse racing!  Guests had a chances all evening to "win" bucks, buy "placing" their bets" and "showing" off their horse race knowledge. 

The Red and Black Touchdown Club would like to thank all who attended.  The fundraiser, "A Nite at the Races" proves yet again that the Port Jervis community comes out to support their favorite football team. 

Go Port, Beat Middletown!!

Red and Black and Elks to Sponsor A Nite at the Races!

February 4, 2014 - Port Jervis, NY - The Red and Black Touchdown Club announce the first major fundraiser for 2014.  Join us for what is going to be the most exciting fundraiser of 2014.  The Elks Lodge, in conjunction with the Red and Black Club are hosting a Nite at the Races - A fun filled night of horse racing and fundraising to support the Port Jervis Football Program.  Details are below

A Nite at the Races is a video horse racing fundraiser that is sure to be the most exciting charity event you will attend.  Doors open at 5:30pm - and the fun continues until 10pm.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, adults only.  Buffet all evening, Cash Bar.
Ten Horse races to wager on.  Daily Double bets, and more. 
Over 30 Gift Baskets to be raffled off - Tricky-Tray Style Raffle
No fundraiser is complete without a 50/50!
When: Saturday March 1, 2014
Where: Elks Lodge - Route 6 Port Jervis, NY
Time: Doors Open at 5:30pm - Fun til 10pm
Tickets: $10 per person Adults Only
Details:  - Buffet Food all evening
   - Cash Bar
   - Ten Horse Races to Wager on
   - over 30 Gift Baskets to be Raffled Off
   - 50/50
   - All proceeds to go to Port Jervis Football Program
More Info: Contact Tom Faggione - 845-551-5784

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Red and Black Touchdown Club, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit organization whose purpose it is to encourage enthusiastic support and interest in Port Jervis High School Football and athletics; to award scholarships which contribute to the post-secondary education of graduating athletes; to contribute to the advancement and needs of athletic programs at the high school; to lend support to the Director of Athletics.

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