The CNMI Junior Tennis Team, the Tournament of Champions and Saipan Major League playoffs dominated last week's headlines.
The exploits of the Commonwealth's junior tennis players in the 2012 Pacific Oceania Junior Championships were worth mentioning as they held they ground against the representatives of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Norfolk Islands, Guam, Palau, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Vanuatu, and Tahiti.
The diminutive Mikayla Lopez stood tall among the U15 players, as she reigned in the singles division, beating CNMI teammate Negahr Rastguiy in the finals. Tammy Ackerman joined her fellow Commonwealth bets in the Top 4 in the girls U15 singles ranking.
Isabel Heras gave the CNMI its second best finish in the tournament in Fiji after placing runner-up to Fiji's Ruby Coffin in the girls U12 singles. Carol Lee was in the same age group and after losing to Heras in the semis, the former still made it to the Top 4.
The Jeff Race-coached team also recorded three fifth place finishes with Christian Miller and Thea Minor getting the No. 5 spots in the boys and girls U18 and Luther Lizama having the same feat in the boys U12.
Completing the CNMI's campaign in Fiji were Rafael Jones and Chris Cajigan, who were both ranked sixth in the boys U18 and U15 divisions, respectively.
The Tournament of Champions produced repeat winners in five-time champion Louie Sunga (Championship Flight) of Guam and former CNMI junior golfer Leina Kim, who clinched her third straight Ladies plum.
In baseball, only two playoffs games in the SML were played last week due to rain.
The second-ranked Saipan Stevedore Yankees won Game 1 of their best-of-three semis series over the defending champions St. Michael Angels, 12-3. In the other semis pairing, pennant champions Tan Holdings Brewers survived the ITE-Shell Fielders, 8-6. The Yankees and Brewers hope to wrap up the semis series this week to arrange their best-of-five title showdown.
Also affected by rain was the DLX caging, which called off its Wednesday's games at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court. With the cancellation, only four matches were completed last week with defending champion KFC/Taco Bell recovering from its loss in the opener with a 74-66 win over Hip Hop Thunder. Also posting separate wins last week were LD Prime, Highway Express, and Playboy.
Over at the Garapan Basketball Court, Mobil advanced to the finals of the Summer Jam, while action in the U17 and U25 division of the Docomo caging resumed after the cancellation of several games due to rain.
At the TSL Sports Complex, Wild Bill's secured the men's division crown in the 2012 Saipan Soccer School Summer Futsal League after defeating Godfather's, 11-5.