The 8th Saipan Swim Club Annual Meek & Mighty Ocean Swim and the 6th Annual Marianas Coffee Trail Run were the biggest winners in last week's competitions around the island, as they both drew more than 80 participants.
The SSC swim in the waters off the Pacific Islands Club lured 86 swimmers, while the Coffee Trail, which brought runners to the northern part of the island, featured 89 participants.
The Coffee Trail had 10K and 15K races with Paul Viator and Amy Sletten leading the overall male and female finishers in the shorter course and Nicholas Matindale and Soledad Tenorio ruling the longer run.
In the SSC swim, Tsunami Saipan Swim Club's Ryuto and Hiroto Yanai topped the Meek (one lap) and Tweeny (three laps) divisions, while Kensuke Kimura reigned supreme in the Mighty category (five laps). The host's Milan Goodwin prevailed in the Minnow race (200m).
Meanwhile, other ongoing tournaments/leagues on Saipan continued last week.
In the MISO boys basketball, Saipan Southern High School improved to a 3-0 record in the varsity division, while Marianas High School remained undefeated in the junior varsity and freshmen categories.
Still in MISO, Grace Christian Academy nailed its ninth straight win in the girls volleyball to remain on top of the eight-team field. The Saipan International School's Green Lady Geckos and Marianas High School's Lady Blue Dolphins are close behind with their similar 7-2 records.
In the DLX/Anchor Strong caging, the league continued with its regular season games in Division B and featured down-to-the-wire matches.
Still in basketball, the QQ Cup was down to two teams with Blue Haus and Lions Club/NMC Proa beating OCM and KFC/Taco Bell in the semis, respectively. The finals is a best-of-three series with Blue Haus drawing first blood, following a 76-75 win in Game 1. Game 2 was played last Saturday, but was rained-out with Blue Haus ahead by 8 points with less than two minutes left in the match.
In golf, the various associations on Saipan held their January Ace with Sherlyn Jones winning in the Amigo Golf Club event, Soo Kim prevailing in the X-clusive Golfer's Association, and Tony Benavente ruling the Marianas Golf Association competition.
In bowling, Yho Villavicencio, Raymond Zapanta, and John Taisacan also recorded their first victory of the season after downing separate foes in the Saipan Bowling Association/Budweiser January roll-offs.