‘Sweet victories’

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FOR a tournament that is usually dominated by just a couple or three teams every year, the bottom teams relish every little victory that they get.

Just like a 4x100meter elementary girls relay anchor from Tagbilaran City, who screamed and jumped after crossing the finish line first—and it was not even the finals yet. And also like the Danao City elementary squad, which found itself out of the bottom of the standing and into the winners’ column behind the gallant efforts of its table tennis teams.

In the penultimate day of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association, Team Cebu City Niños look headed to another victory, taking a huge lead in the overall ranking as the competitions come to a close today.


There are still several events left but Cebu City is confidently perched on top of the standing.

Cebu City is leading in the elementary division with 101 points, enjoying a huge lead over second placer Talisay City, which has 52.2 points. Mandaue City is currently at third place with 44.5.

Cebu City just assured itself of another victory in the secondary division with 229 points. Mandaue City is at a distant second with 109.5 points, while Cebu Province is at third with 76 points.

As there are no small victories, as the top teams start to celebrate their impending wins, the other teams are also celebrating the victories that their teams have won.

Danao was catapulted into the winners’ column after its elementary table tennis team took the title with 15 points, pulling them out of the bottom rank.

In table tennis, Danao City swept the team event of the elementary division, winning eight golds in the girls and boys divisions. The team ended their bid with another victory yesterday after Palarong Pambansa champions Jayvee Asong defeated National Milo Little Olympics Most Outstanding Athlete Lloyd Kyle Lebosada for the title, while Milo champion Kathleen Gabisay defeated another teammate and MOA Trisha Ann Gonzales for the title.

“There is no special formula for winning, except for instilling discipline on the athletes and training regularly,” said coach and trainer Jemelou Dakay.

Coach Maylyn Lebosada said they practice at 6 a.m. every day before class and after class until 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Cebu City took the bulk of its points from swimming and taekwondo and girls volleyball.

The Cebu City secondary girls taekwondo squad swept all of the events led by Veronica Garces who won the finweight category. The other winners were Mayn Yengele Coran (flyweight), Ma Carmela Coran (bantamweight), Asherah Nicole Dayuday (featherweight), Andrae Janna Lim (lightweight) and Marie Hanz Therese Espina (welterweight).

Winning Cebu City’s gold in taekwondo in the secondary division were John Dominic Sedullo (flyweight), Eric Garces Jr. (featherweight) and Kristian Ralph Tagarao (welterweight).

Mandaue’s Benedict Suico tool the finweight title, while Leandro James Amang of Bohol Province won the bantamweight class. Jeaferlie Rebosit completed the list of winners in the secondary boys division after winning the lightweight class.

Winning the gold medals for Cebu City in their respective weight classes in the elementary girls division were Ma. Martha de la Victoria, Anne Sharmaine Albarracin, Cha Yna Labiste and Aidaine Keisha Laxa.

Julia Chazel Ybarra of Cebu Province prevented a Cebu City sweep after beating Princes Maegan Parba in the final.

Cebu City’s lone medal in the elementary boys’ division came from Wendil Jay Rama.

The other winners in their division were Welthmer Cabellon of Talisay City, Philip Genarez and Frank Mark Escuador of Cebu Province, Jeran Ellecion of Mandaue City and Lord John Deguma of Talisay City.

In the partial gymnastics results, Cebu Province and Cebu City battled in a tight contest in the elementary rhythmic gymnastics.

Mary Andrea Cantero carried Cebu Province on her back winning three of the four
individual events.

Cantero took the gold in the freehand exercise, ball and individual all-around title.

Cebu City’s Daniela Reggie dela Pisa took the lone individual title for Cebu City. The team composed of dela Pisa, Marianne Alegado and Marthina Creus, however won the team competition.

In the secondary division, Cebu City’s Eunice Odag swept the individual title winning the hoop, ball, ribbon and individual all-around titles. Cebu City’s Odag, Naera Coyoca and Ellie Karyl Vidad won the team competition.

In athletics, Cebu City won four golds courtesy of Joseph Canigao (secondary boys 110m hurdles); Ivan Miguel Santos (secondary boys 3,000m steeplechase); Kierl Jie Emnace (secondary boys 800m); and Oliver Angco (elementary boys 110m hurdles).

The other gold medal winners from track and field yesterday were Danao City’s Nino Lito Justiniane in the secondary boys 400m run, Bayawan’s Rechie Pasigna in the elementary boys 800m run; Tagbilaran’s Truman Castolo in the elementary boys 400m run; and Negros Oriental’s Angelica Buscay in the elementary girls’ 400m run.

All events, especially the ball games will be completed today. The closing ceremonies are scheduled at 4 p.m. at the Cebu Coliseum.

In volleyball, the Cebu City boys team pummeled Bohol Province , 25-16,25-19 to retain its dominance at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Gym.

Cebu City is composed of players from Colegio Del Santo Nino and they defeated the Bohol Province in less than an hour.

In the secondary boys division, the University of San Carlos (USC) led team lost to a gritty Mandaue City, 23-25,25-16,25-19 in their semifinals match early morning yesterday at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR)-Basak Campus and also lost to Cebu Province, 25-21, 25-13 in the battle for third.

Mandaue City went on to win the secondary boys title after defeating CarCar City in straight set, 25-13,25-21, 25-21.

This will be the second time that Mandaue City will represent Cviraa in the prestigious Palarong Pambansa after eight years.

“We really didn’t expect to win against Carcar because they have a very strong defense but we played our best and I believe it was our team work that helped us win the championship,” said team captain Arnel Micabalo.

Micabalo added that they are all excited and nervous because this will be their first time in the Palarong Pambansa. Although he has competed in the Milo Little Olympics national finals, he says the level of competition in the Palarong Pambansa is higher.

Mandaue City is composed of players from Cabancalan National High School, Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, St. Joseph Academy and Colegio Inmaculada-Mandaue.

In the secondary girls division, Cebu City won the championship title against the Cebu Province, 25-14,25-7, 25-21

In baseball, Cebu City will shoot for the title against the winner between Negros Oriental and defending champion Cebu Province.

Cebu City is composed of players from Abellana National School (ANS) and last won the crown in 2011.

ANS coach Abrin Pautan said they hope they will be able to win and get the chance to represent Cviraa in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna.

In tennis, Jana Pages of Bright Academy routed Bohol, 8-2, to win the gold, while Jan Godfrey Seno of USC beat Norman Enriquez to win the gold.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2014.


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