The Week in Sports

Junior tennis players take spotlight

The CNMI junior tennis players’ dominance in the 2014 North Pacific Regional Championships is the hands down choice for the top story of the week.

The Jeff Raced-coached squad had four players advancing to the semis in the girls U12 singles and three in the boys division with Malika Miyawaki and Robbie Schorr eventually topping their respective divisions. In the U14 girls, all four CNMI bets also made it to the semifinals with Tania Tan defeating Julia Ishikawa, Ami Tsukagoshi, and Mimi Sakano for the championship. In the boys U14 singles, Luther Lizama marched into the semis, too before settling for the third place finish. In the boys U16 singles, Colin Ramsey pulled off an upset over the second-ranked player in the division before losing to former CNMI bet Chris Cajigan in the finals.

Before the playoff games, Race’ wards were a force in the pool plays, beating players from host Guam, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Meanwhile, other notable events last week were the 13th Annual HANMI Charity Golf Classic Tournament, the championship games in the 2014 IT&E Mixed Doubles and Singles Badminton Tournament, and the playoff matches in the 14 DLX/IT&E Invitational Basketball League.

The DLX/IT&E caging was down to four teams with Gwap Gang, Ali’i, Flip Top, and Island Saipan surviving their respective playoff matches.

In the HANMI Golf Classic, Gi Yeong Kim dethroned two-time champion Geon Ju Lee in the Championship Flight, while other top winners were A’s Shi Feng Jin, B’s Dong Young Lee, C’s Sung Nam Park, Seniors’ Toshiyuki Mo, and Ladies’ Sherlyn Jones.

In the IT&E badminton tournament, Andreau Galvez and Hannah Choi extended their reign in the men’s and women’s Class A. Other singles champions were Class B’s Ezekiel Macario and Toshiko Obata and Class B’s Nicole Malasarte and Patrick Fernandez.

Other on-going competitions on Saipan continued with the M-League and the 2014 NMIFA Women’s Spring League holding their games at the Oleai Sports Complex Field and the DL Corp. caging having its regular season matches at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

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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