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Jan 26, 2015

Sports Update with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.


The Belmopan Football Championship series got off to a fast start yesterday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium where Alliance United and San Martin FC sought to grab the inside lane in the 2 game title race. Alliance United gets the 1st real chance at opening the scoreboard when this defensive miscue allows #14 Pernell Flowers to launch this right foot that is right at goalkeeper, Marco Hernandez. San Martin responds off this corner kick that might have been complicated by the Alliance keeper, Collin Moody, but the moment passes. Moody is again tested when he is challenged by Isaias Donis in a physical one on one confrontation and this time he passes with flying colors.

So we go to 2nd half and Jonathan Sibrian foray into the penalty box is spoiled by the failure to finish. In the meantime, this reach for possession by Alliance’s Clinton Moody earns him a 2nd yellow card and it appears the call by the referee is questionable. Moody will be out for game II. To add insult to injury, Victor Caliz steps up to trigger the set piece with impressive power and precision from long distance. Collin Moody gets a touch, but falls short of the save. It’s the only goal of the match and San Martin FC takes the 1-zip big Win in the opening match. Game II comes up this Sunday at 3 p.m. inside the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Cotton Tree will battle UB Black Jaguars for 3rd place in the opener.

Turning to canoe racing, the preseason to the mighty La Ruta Maya continues unabated. 17 teams lined up to produce this scenic picture inside the Belize or Old River at the Haulover Bridge. Unfortunately the start for the Coastguard Red M vessel is less than picture perfect. However they do right by themselves eventually and here they are getting back into the hunt, despite losing much valuate minutes they wouldn’t finish last and we say good show. At Manatee Lookout, OCB Wavemakers surge to grab the only premie en route to Henderson Bank in Boom edging out a game NICH. And it seems jerry Rhaburn, Wilberto Daniels and Chris Guydis are determined to factoring big in the 2015 La Ruta Maya, nevertheless, NICH exacts sweet revenge by winning the outing in 2:20:16. Efrain Cruz, Feliz Cruz and Alex Cruz made the victory look easy. Westrac featuring Erwin Cruz, Jerry Gentle and Hener Cruz pulled up in 2nd place forcing OCB Wavemakers into 3rd place. Belize bank Bulldogs paddled into 4th place and it seems Armin Lopez, Amado Cruz and Daniel Cruz continue to scout the competition while Cobb’s Arm powered by Clayton Cabb, Eric Cano and Ry Cano rounds out the top 5.

In track and field news, the national Championships was presented at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex by the Belize Athletic Association over the weekend and Gloria Serano continued her dominance in female disc throw with this throw measured at 32.63 meters. Lianelli Myers finished a distance 2nd after post posting 21.35 meters. On the male side of this discipline, Robert Hernandez emerged atop the podium with his throw of 31.97 meters. Raluni Bernandez’s challenge fell short of her posting 31.16. Yserri Palacio settled for 3rd with 29.86. In the long jump, Tricia Flores remains the state of the art with this jump measured at 5.30 meters. Shanicka Augustine 5.13 meters propelled her into 2nd place. And Ashanti Carr’s 4.75 meters relegated her to 3rd place.  In the male long jump, Kenneth Brackett took top honors with a showing of 6.58 meters. Estroy Cayetano’s 6.43 meters was good enough for 2nd place and Alex Terry finished 3rd with 6.28 meters. The other results from the 2 day affair remained elusive at press time.

Finally folks, the Weekend Warriors 50-mile race yesterday travelled from mile 10 on the George Price Highway to Armenia on the Hummingbird Highway and here is the start. In the hills, Ray Cattouse, Warren Coye and Robert Mariano pulled out of the pelathon and would maintain that lead to the finish. Give the big win to Robert Mariano of Digicell 4G, Warren Cote of Santino’s settled for 2nd while Ray Cattouse of C-Ray simply rolled in for 3rd place. Steven Bisset pulled up 4th and Big Mike Lewis rounds out the top 5 in the A Class. at the B Class level, meet Isaiah Willacey of FT Williams who crossed the finish line unchallenged for the top honor. His teammate Dean Boyce was also uncontested for 2nd place. While Francis Cassasola placed 3rd. Thurton of Truckers took the C Class. Enrique Morales of C-Ray finished 2nd and Carlo Marin of FT Williams was 3rd.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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