Two tournaments on Saipan entered their homestretch, as participants battled for playoff berths.
In the 2013 Shirley’s Badminton Classic, singles and doubles players battled for the semifinal berths in the men’s and women’s singles A, B,C, and doubles A, B, C, and 35-and-above after the elimination games were completed at the TSL Sports Complex.
Favored players went on to nail early semis slots. The list included Hannah Choi, Andreau Galvez, siblings Janelle and Jordan Pangilinan, Jexler Caranto, and Ferdie Arago.
In the 2013 DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League, Mawati and Sister Market completed the semis cast, which also had Adobo and RadioCom. Then after last Friday’s matches, the league was down to only two teams with Adobo ousting Sister Market and RadioCom booting Mawati.
Other notable events last week were Padres’ winning streak in the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League, DYS’ victory over KFC/Taco Bell in the Rotary U15 division and the S.J. Ol’Aces’ run in the U19 age group, and the CNMI Junior Tennis Team’s final tournament in Fiji.
The Padres went 5-0 in the Triple A tournament after shutting out the Cardinals, 14-0. Other winners in the Triple A league last week were the Braves and the Yankees.
In the Rotary caging, DYS won the battle of unbeaten teams, 38-36. D.J. Ong made the winning basket for DYS, while the Ol’Aces and Rollers prevailed in the other games in the U15 division, In the 19, the S.J. Ol’Aces remained perfect, getting its fourth victory over the COPSSA Warriors, while Proa/Mariana Resort and the Sonics also triumphed in the two other U19 matches.
In tennis, the CNMI competed in the 2013 ITF Oceania Plate in Fiji with Amami Sakano handing the Commonwealth a gold medal after winning in the senior boys finals against Tahiti’s Manoa Desvignes. Negahr Rastguiy also made it to the finals, but lost to Tonga’s Sisilia Laumanu Teu.