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Sunday, April 20, 2014


Extended Little League, tennis action

U.S. pro Kaui Salzman serves during a warm-up with Jacklyn Jones at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan sandcourts. (ROSELYN B. MONROYO) The usual two-day playing schedule in the 2014 Saipan Little League Baseball and 2014 White Coconut Classic Tennis Tournament was extended last week.

Besides the Saturday and Sunday games, the Major division of the SLLB also held matches at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield last Monday with the Falcons and IP&E Rockies routing the Ol’Aces and the Jets, respectively. The Falcons and the Rockies gained twin wins last week, as they also prevailed over separate foes during a weekend game, while the Little Legals, Comets I, Laolao Bay, and the Enforcers bagged victories against their respective opponents.

Over at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield, there were back-to-back Junior League action with the six teams entered in the division playing last Sunday and Monday. The Enforcers won twice to keep the division lead, while the four other squads—Jets, Fielders, Falcons, and Comets—had a split, and the Red Sox went 0-2.

In the Senior League, the Red Sox were victorious, along with the Enforcers and the Jets.
Victory was also on the side of Luke Beling and Joshua Abragan, who clinched the mixed-up doubles crown in the White Coconut Classic during the third and last day of the competition.

Jake Lee, Luther Lizama, Rintaro Miyawaki, Michael Ren, Mikayla Lopez, Tania Tan, Conatsu Kaga, and Erika Tuttle joined Beling and Abragan on the winner’s list of this year’s Coconut Classic.

Meanwhile, in other tournaments last week, Marianas High School remained unbeaten in the MISO boys caging, while Grace Christian Academy ended MHS’ streak in the girls volleyball.

Still in volleyball, professional players from the U.S. and Japan started arriving last week for the Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival. The visitors went to the MHS Gymnasium to watch games in the MISO volleyball league and then conducted a clinic at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan’s sand courts.

In soccer, the M-League played Week 2 of its spring season, while the NMIFA youth league also had its sets of matches for the second straight week.

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