Forgettable stint

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Friday, May 9, 2014

SANTA CRUZ—This year’s Palarong Pambansa is proving to be a forgettable stint for the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association.

Though the athletes collected eight gold medals yesterday, Cviraa is stuck at sixth place with a paltry 16-23-26 haul, way behind table-topping National Capitol Region, which has 88-54-43.

Region 4A is second with 27-37-39, while Region 6 is third with 26-24-29. Caraa is fourth at 22-9-11, while Region 9 is at fifth place with 20-16-23.


Even if it wins all its finals matches today, Cviraa, which improved to third place last year after years of languishing at fourth place, may have its worst finish in the annual games at sixth place.

Three of its elementary teams made the finals, and even if they all win the gold medal, at 16-23-26 in the unofficial medal tally, Cviraa is hard-pressed to overtake Region 9 which has four more gold medals.

The elementary boys trounced Region 9, 25-23, 25-13, to arrange a finals showing against Region 6, while the girls team scored a rare win against NCR, 25-19, 25-20, to arrange a finals showdown with Calabarzon.

On the other hand, the elementary football team made up for the high school team’s loss with a 2-0 win over West Visayas to advance to the finals against host Calabarzon.

Coach Joselito Bono said that though they lost to Calabarzon in the elimination round, they are confident of winning in today’s finals because the team has adjusted.

The secondary boys team lost to NCR via shootout and will face Region 9 in the battle for bronze. Both teams were tied at 1-1 in regulation before NCR won the shootout, 5-4, to advance to the finals.

Cviraa won its eight gold medals yesterday in archery, tennis, chess, boxing, table tennis and badminton.

In archery, Jonnalene Rae Clavano of Siliman University and Vincent Villa of Maria Montessori International School topped the mixed-team event, while Villa added another gold after winning the boys’ team event along wth Junmar Junas and Arland Anora. Junas also settled for a silver medal in the individual Olympic event.

In tennis, Arthur Craig “Iggy” Pantino routed Janus Ringia of Region 12, 8-4, for the gold medal, while Aldritz Pondoyo and Jeremy Tanudra won the standard chess team event.

In boxing, Jabez Lloyd Antoque won via unanimous decision against Wiljon Mindoro of Region 9, while Francis Bendebel won a gold medal in the boys secondary table tennis individual event. The elementary badminton team contributed two gold medals after winning the boys doubles and the mixed doubles.

Those who won silver medals for Cviraa yesterday were the elementary girls rhythmic gymnastics team, Anne Sharmaine Albarracin of taekwondo and the secondary arnis boys team.

Cviraa also got 10 bronze medal yesterday, with three from chess and two from badminton.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.


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