Agape Christian School Torchbearers and Marianas High School Dolphins rocketed their way through the competition of bracket one in the first day of round-robin games in the co-ed high school Public School System/TakeCare Badminton Interscholastic League held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium last Friday.
The ACS Torchbearers were on fire as they brought Tinian High School to their knees in an almost complete sweep of all five events.
The Torchbearers won all three games of the boys doubles, girls doubles, boys singles, girls doubles events, but lost in the mixed doubles, for a final score of 12-3.
In the game against Saipan Southern High School team 2, there was no letting up as the Torchbearers fired through all five events for a complete sweep of 15-0, thanks to the boys lineup of David Zhao, Louis Chen, Allen Ye, James Fan, Michael Ma, and the girls lineup of Tina Zheng, Ruth Zhang, and Susie Zheng.
Over in the waters controlled by the MHS Dolphins, they swept all five events against Tinian High School, 15-0. In the game against Grace Christian Academy, they swept all but one event for a score of 12-3.
The MHS boys roster include Marlon Bautista, Jan Dumagan, Brandon Manacop, and Paulo Quidato. The girls consist of Seiyul Hong, Zhimin Jin, Vianca Mangulabnan, Enmei Quan, and Angieleysha Punzalan.
After defeating their foes, the Torchbearers and Dolphins garnered a total score of 27 points each and are both on top of the bracket one leaderboard.
Behind them are the 2021-2022 co-ed high school badminton defending champions, Saipan International School, with a total score of 15 points after beating GCA team 2, 8-7, and defeating SSHS team 2, 7-5.
Fourth in the standings is GCA team 2 with a total of 7 points after losing to SIS and not being able to play a second game after a power outage at the gym.
SSHS team 2 is in fifth place with 5 points and Tinian is at the bottom of the standings with 0.
Results of bracket two games will be posted in the next issues of Saipan Tribune.
The schedule for the next round-robin games are this Saturday, Jan. 28, then on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The Top 2 of bracket one and bracket two round-robin semifinal games are scheduled for Saturday, March 4, while the championship game is scheduled for Saturday, March 11.