138 CNMI delegates to Micro Games


Some of the members and officials of the CNMI Baseball Team pose for a group photo last Friday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. The photo was sent to Yap for posting on the website of the 9th Micronesian Games. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Northern Marianas Sports Association has registered the names of the CNMI delegates to next month’s 9th Micronesian Games in Yap.

A total of 138 athletes and officials made up the initial list and NMSA president Michael White is calling on teams to review the roster for addition or exclusion as soon as possible. Yap has set a June 15 deadline for registration of all delegations, while the Micro Games will run from July 15 to 27.

Baseball has the most delegates with 29, including officials Manny Sablan, Ray Palacios, Mabel Ngirngemelas, Tony Rogolifoi, Patrick Tenorio Sr., and Mike Cruz. Completing the group are players Pat Alepuyo, Brian and Nathan Camacho, Roy Celis, Jose and Kelvin Deleon Guerrero, Franco and Jonah Flores, Ben Jones Jr., Byron Kaipat, Frankie Lieto, Frankie, A.J., and Henry Lizama, Franko Nakamura, Tyron Omar, Lorenzo Sebaklim, Virgil Secharmidal, Anthony Tenorio, Patrick Tenorio Jr, Angel Palacios, and Shane Yamada.

Athletics has 17 delegates in Leani Acosta, Jerlyn Castillo, Mark Esablan, Robin Sapong, Antonio Ichiou, Therize Millare, Neo Ngirchongor, Ronald Olopai, Jamie Pangelinan, Traven Quitugua, Dolore Rangamar, Zarinae Sapong, Tyler Santos, Gabriel Skerei, and Edward Temengil.

Basketball has two teams made up of players Rachael Abrams, Cassandra Camacho, Tasha Deleon Guererro, Alliyah Fernandez, Jaime Mendoza, Lalaine Pagarao, Ira Palero, Lia Rangamar, Annalei, and Eleina Santos, Jan Travilla, and Glorily Williams of the women’s side; and Aiferson Atan, Dan Barcinas, Prestong Basa, Dean Blake, Jeff Deleon Guerrero, Kelvin Fitial, Kelvin Jack Kabiriel, Christian Mizer, Marvin Rabauliman, Coby Santos, Douglas Schmidt, and N-Nes Siech of the men’s crew. The teams coaches are Elias Rangamar, Connie Camacho, and John Reyes, while referee Ric Manzano will join the group in Yap.

Canoe also has men’s and women’s squads. Justin Andrew will call the shots for the women’s team, which is made up of Lorenza Aldan, Arielle Buyum, Mayiah Duenas, Kristine Falig, Shelli Neal, Maria Ornes, Victoria Saures, and Elizabeth Tenorio. Ed Johnson is the assistant coach for the women’s crew, while the men’s team has paddlers Joshua Andrew, Bobby Cruz, William Grow II, Maverick Itibus, Ketson “Jack” Kabiriel, James Lee, Jose Quan, Richard Villagomez, Dino Manning, and Jasong Tarkong with the last two also doubling as coaches.

For volleyball, only the men’s teams will compete. The squad has Danilo Borlain, Don Cabrera, Ryan Camacho, John Costales, Misaki Cramer, Nick Gross, Alfredo Gueverra, Eric Kiser, Logan Mister, Nak Nakashima, John Nekaifes, Mychal Omar, Jerrett Rosario, Tahj Salas, and coach Shawn Davis.

Swimming listed 11, including coach Jacoby Winkfield and another official Keanna Villagomez.. Siblings Kento and Taiyo Akimaru, brothers Jinnosuke and Lennosuke Suzuki, Nelson Batallones, Sophia Gauran, Anthony Camacho-Deleon Guerrero, David Boyer, and Juhn Tenorio will race in the ocean swim.

Weighlifting and table tennis teams registered less than 10 athletes and officials. Table tennis has official Ted Deleon Guerrero and players Iek Hyun Ahn, Mario Espeleta, Budhi Gurung, Fuliang Liu, Aeja Park, Young Soon Roh, Jean Shi, and Denglian Zhang. Weighlifting president John Davis Jr. leads their delegation, which also include Rodrigo Ada, Bonny Cruz, Antonette Labausa, Angel San Nicolas, and Joseph Tudela.

Completing the CNMI delegates are administrators White and Rose Igitol and chef de mission Tony Yarobwemal.

Spearfishing has initially committed to send athletes to the Micro Games, but has yet to turn in its roster.

Meanwhile, teams sending athletes and officials to Yap are expected to attend tomorrow’s meeting, as important matters about the Micro Games will be discussed in the monthly assembly.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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