After the CNMI Athletics Team and Mieko Carey, it was the Commonwealth’s youth sluggers’ turn to compete in off-island tournaments last week.
The CNMI Major All-Stars left for Chinese-Taipei for the 2012 Asia Pacific Regional Tournament, the Junior All-Stars went to Vietnam, and the Senior and Big League bets traveled to Guam.
The Junior All-Stars made it to the finals and was scheduled to face defending champion Chinese-Taipei in the finale last Friday. The Major All-Stars are out of the running, while their Seniors counterparts are undefeated as of last Friday and are likely to advance to the semifinals. The Big League All-Stars are still in the hunt against Guam and the Philippines. The ASPAC in Guam will conclude tonight.
In local events, teams scrambled for playoff seats in the various basketball leagues.
In the DLX/DL JOS caging, Team Pogi, Mawati, Irish Spring, and Marianas Water notched the four playoff berths in Pool A, while Brabu Gualo Rai and Banahaw joined Pool B Top 2 placers KFC/Taco Bell and the Fastbreakers to the next round.
In the Blue Haus caging, the quarterfinals cast was completed last week with the Hip Hop Thunder, Mobil, Ashley’s and Wanted Sponsor joining the company of earlier qualifiers DLX, NVM, Loving Hands Day Care, and QQ Rent A Car.
In the UFO league, MDX/Armatech and Bayani/LBT Appraisal gained semis tickets in the Masters Budweiser Cup, while DYS/Bayani and MDX/Mariana Resort also won Final Four berths in the U20 division of the Docomo Pacific Cup.
In futsal, Wild Bill’s swept the first round of the men’s division of the 2012 SSS Summer Futsal League at the TSL Sports Complex in Gualo Rai. In the women’s division, Shirley’s is on top with a 3-0-1 win-draw-loss card, while Astig and IT&E are tied for the lead in the boys U18 with their identical 2-0-0 slate as of last Thursday.
There was also a tie for first place in the women’s division of the Chamolinian softball league after Sakudi topped Check-It-Out in last Monday’s game at the Capital Hill Ballfield, 12-8. Sakudi and Check-It-Out have similar 8-3 cards after last Monday’s tiff.
By Roselyn Monroyo