WV keeps men’s football title

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

WESTERN Visayas scored another title defense yesterday in men’s football but yielded its crown in men’s volleyball in the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) National Games in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The Nene Lazarito-mentored squad, bannered mostly by the Ceres-La Salle FT, retained its title after a one-nil victory over Davao XI in the finals played at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.

Prince Antony’s penalty kick in the 27th minute saved the Region 6 booters. Anthony was named Best Midfielder while Anton Tongson got the Best Defender plum. David Bedia claimed the Best Striker and Most Valuable Player awards.


For veteran tactician Lazarito, victory is sweet. “I’m very thankful and happy with the win. And everything won’t be possible without the support of the Yanson brothers – Ricky and Leo Rey as well as their family,” he said. “And most of all, from Him in Heaven.”

While the football squad were in jubilation their comrades in the men’s volleyball were dismayed after Region 4-A came out with a strong finish, 3-1.

Region 4-A prevailed a close game in the first set, 27-25 but, erstwhile champion Western Visayas spikers refused to give up as they tied the game, 25-22 score in the second set.

The game was not meant for the Ilonggos as Region 4-A side claimed two consecutive sets (25-23; 25-18) to secure the crown.

In badminton, University of St. La Salle-bannered Western Visayas shuttlers, mentored by the awarded Best Coach Jay Biñas, swept the event on Wednesday.

Talisay City’s Mike Minuluan, a student at Riverside College, was named the MVP in the men’s division while Bago City-hailed Aizyl Joy Anuales, a USLS mainstay, claimed the same honor for the women’s division.

Completing the Western Visayas men’s team are USLS’ Charlton Duron, Christian Pavia, Christian Sison and Keanu Glen Taclas while the women’s side is composed of Ballenas siblings Precious Mae and Precious Menie, Aprille Diane Bibiano, and Dhessa Mae Ariño.

“The Best Coach award is not really important for me. There are a lot of best coaches in this competition. It just happened that we won the championships. What’s more important is we won the title,” Biñas said. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 12, 2014.


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