The 22nd Annual Saipan Rotary Club Youth Basketball League completed its regular season games last week, providing the island some action in a slow week.
In the U19 division, the S.J. Ol’Aces finished the round-robin tournament with a perfect 7-0 record to take the pennant championship and the top seed in the playoffs. The S.J. Ol’Aces capped its clean slate with a 71-40 victory over the Rebelholics last Friday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The Sonics placed second with a 6-1 slate, notching two victories in the final week of the regular season. The defending champions first defeated the Ol’Aces, 62-55, and then whipped the Kagman Cougars, 89-57. Proa/Mariana Resort was next at third place, as it improved to a 5-2 record after winning its last game in the regular season against the Ol’Aces, 55-45.
Rounding out the team standings in the U19 division were the Cougars (4-3), Rollers (4-3), Ol’Aces (2-5), Rebelholics (1-6) and the eliminated COPSSA Warriors (0-7).
In the U15 division, KFC/Taco Bell and the Ol’Aces notched the two automatic semis slots, while DYS, Rollers, Rebelholics, and the DA Project completed the No. 3 to No. 6 spots and were scheduled to fight for the remaining two Final Four tickets last weekend.
Only Rotary games were played last week, as the two other leagues on Saipan cancelled their matches due to rain.
The Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield was left soggy due to the heavy showers last week, leaving the second round of the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League stalled. With no matches last week, the Padres and Braves remained locked in first place with their similar 6-1 records, followed by the Giants (5-2), Yankees (4-3), Tigers (2-5), Dodgers (2-6), and the Cardinals (0-5).
The opening of the 2012 NMIFA Fall Youth League was also cancelled due to the unplayable Oleai Sports Complex Field. The Tan Holdings FC and Paire FC were scheduled to kick off the season with a game in the boys U15 last Friday.
Meanwhile, CNMI bets excelled in off-island tournaments last week.
Golfer Leina Kim set a school record (in a single round) after shooting a 3-under par 69 in the first tournament in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference in Colorado. She also led her Colorado State University-Pueblo to a first place finish in the 15-school field and won the individual rankings, beating around 70 other players.
In Guam, Northern Marianas Badminton Federation won two championship trophies and four runners-up after competing in the 2nd GNBF Annual Summer Friendship Badminton Tournament held at the Dededo Sports Complex.