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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TEAM Cebu City earned an additional 22 gold medals in the second day of action of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) meet yesterday at the Cebu Sports Center.

The hefty production on the second day strengthened its hold of the top of the medal tally with 42 gold medals. Talisay is at a distant second with 17 golds, while Mandaue is at third with 14 golds.

The winning teams in the Cviraa, are however determined by points, which were not made available as of press time last night.


The bulk of Cebu City’s medals yesterday came from the swimming team, which closed its campaign with 15 golds both from the secondary and elementary divisions.

Cebu City won 15 out of 29 gold medals at stake yesterday. Karen Mae Indaya and Michael Ichiro Kong continued to harvest gold medals for the team in their remaining events.

Indaya won in the secondary girls of the 800m and 200m freestyle while Kong won in the secondary boys 100m butterfly. The other gold medalists for team Cebu City are Cristante Veloso, Rachelle Cabajar, Alfeo Vallespin, Ma. Aaliyah Biagan and Junvic Tiro.

More golds

The athletics team contributed six gold medals, while the table tennis team added one.

Leading the way for the athletics team was Shantel Tanucan, who collected two gold medals. She topped the girls’ high jump and in the long jump event.

Cristy Yap added another gold for Cebu City, winning the elementary girls high jump; Kierl Jie Emnace delivered a gold medal in the secondary boys 1,500-meter run; Angel Mark Sicad contributed a gold medal after throwing a distance of 32.07 in the discus event; while John Joseph Berdin won the elementary discus throw with a 24.86m throw.

In table tennis, Cebu City snatched the gold medal in the secondary boys division, winning over Danao City and the elementary boys and girls team events.

The other gold medalists in yesterday’s athletic competition of the secondary division were Mandaue City’s Pearl Angeline Abellar in the elementary girls long jump; Danao’s Ma. Theresa Gardose in discus throw; Cebu Province’s Jemerly Moreno in shotput; Lapu-Lapu’s Cherry Andrin in the 1,500m run,

In the elementary athletics boys, Truman Castolo of Tagbilaran City won the discus throw; while Jimboy Lofranco of Bohol won the discus throw.

In the 1,500m run, Wilmar Lavador of Danao City won the title.


In the secondary boys’ long jump, Joshua Tero of Cebu Province won the gold, while Jhaye Rabia added another gold for Cebu Province after winning the shotput event.

In the secondary girls’ competition, Lovely Fe Andrin of Lapu-Lapu City won in the 1,500m, while Tagbilaran City’s Rensel Rosales delivered a gold medal in the shotput event.

The secondary boys’ volleyball division will have its semifinals today at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) basak gym with Cebu City, manned by players from the University of San Carlos facing Mandaue City in the first semis match up.

The other semifinals match will be between Cebu Province playing and Carcar. The championship match will be in the afternoon.

In football, Cebu City is a win away from entering the secondary division finals of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association football after an impressive finish in the quarterfinals yesterday at the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) football pitch yesterday.

The Niños crushed Dumaguete City, 4-0, with a late rally in a very physical match.

Cebu City had a hard time finding their rhythm early in the first half. It was partly because of Dumaguete City’s defense and also because Cebu City’s first few attempts all went wide.

Vincent Lovitos, however, would find the back of the net in the 34th minute, getting past Dumaguete City’s last defender from the right wing.

From then on, it was all Cebu City, which was represented by mostly DBTC players.


Every time Cebu City would score a goal, the crowd would go wild.

Glenn Thomas Ramos would make it 2-0 for the Niños after scoring a goal coming off a deflection from the Dumaguete City goalkeeper.

Christian Vern Agot would follow it up with another goal after squeaking past Dumaguete City’s defense. Forward Angelo Ouano would seal the victory with a goal in the 72nd minute.

Mandaue City, Cebu Province and visiting Bayawan City will also move on to the semi-finals after winning their matches yesterday.

Mandaue City edged out Negros Oriental, 4-3, by penalty shootout.

Cebu Province defeated Lapu-Lapu City, 5-3, also in a penalty shootout. The match ended 3-3 in regulation. Bayawan City, on the other hand, outclassed Bohol, 6-0.

Cebu City takes on Bayawan, while Mandaue City faces off with Cebu Province in the semi-finals today.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 12, 2014.


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