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Jan 14, 2013

Football, canoe and cycling in Sports Monday with James Adderley


James Adderley

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


22 canoes registered in 5 different categories for the 6th annual Boom to Manatee Lookout Canoe Race staged on Saturday as this community prepares for the mighty La Ruta Maya set to take center stage in March. At the 10 a.m. start inside Burrell Boom, the field fully understands that the turbulent condition of the river could impact the take off and maybe the newcomers in the Master Category should have paid a little more attention while hugging this curve to save themselves from an early swim.  As the race speeds towards Burrell Boom Bridge, the defending La Ruta Maya Champion immediately display their ability forging ahead of NICH who have become true contenders for the male title in 2013.  Nevertheless, this rivalry continues to the finish line at Manatee Lookout on the Northern Highway. Belize Bank maintains its lead but a strong challenge coems from Westrac on the outside.

NICH now recovers its stroke as they move in on the Bank. However, the trio of Amin Lopez, Daniel Cruz and Amado Cruz pull out their championship form to speed away for their first place finish in 1 hr. 27 minutes 3 seconds. NICH then rolls in 2nd place by more than a canoe length forcing a game. Westrac Unit comes into 3rd place. Hats off to the Natius Boys of St. Ignatius High School who took the Intramural class in 1 hr. 28 minutes 47 seconds while forcing Cobb’s Arms of the open male category into 4th place. Meanwhile, self-sponsored, Spourts took the Junior class quite easily in 1 hr. 29 minutes 54 seconds.  In the mixed category, Beat di Burn beat the rest in a time of 1 hr. 32 minutes 40 seconds. Wat a Thing of Sea Sports Belize featuring Michael Searle, Cisco and John Searle, the defending La Ruta Maya Champions in the Masters Class easily took the win.  Behind them, the University of Belize with Jayda Guydis, Louise Rodriguez and Shanice Thompson pulled off the upset over defending champ, Police to win the female category.

Just in case you didn’t know, Grumpy Old Men finished second in the Masters Class but were still grumpy. And yes, Chuka Thrillers did recover to finish 4th in their class. And Print Belize in the pleasure class finished 19th overall but took the win in their category anyway. We must mention Team Police Peacemakers did finish but these athletes weren’t the powerhouse we saw last year.

Turning to the football scene, we caught up with the Progresso FC versus Carmelita Athletics yesterday at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk. 14 minutes in Armando Cho benefits from poor defensive play from Carmelita to open the scoring with this right foot launch. 16 minutes after intermission, Wilfredo Lino beats everybody to this ball and he finds the far corner of the goal to make it a 2-nil Progresso lead. At the 82nd minute, Eduardo Correa takes advantage of another poor defensive play by Carmelita to push the lead to 3. Make it a 4-zip final when Hector Carlos shakes the cord at the 88th minute. Meanwhile, this Sunday’s schedule at the People’s Stadium finds New Hope versus Crystal, San Estevan tackles San Francisco, San Felipe takes on Progresso and then Guinea Grass sees action against Real Juvenil.

Turning to the cycling scene, 30 riders suited up for the 42 mile Saturday race from Leslie’s Imports to Boom Circuit and back which certainly demonstrates that the sport does have a life of its own. Folks, it certainly was an exciting sprint to the finish line. Leroy Cassasola is behind Mark Staine when he launches this attack and try as he could to grab the Win. There’s no stopping Cassasola of Santino who wins his own race in 1 hr. 47 minutes 30 seconds. Mark Staine of Bennys settles for 2nd and guess what, weekend warrior Dean Belisle grabs 3rd place. Speaking of Weekend Warriors, Ernest Thurton of Santino’s took yesterday’s 50 mile race in 2 hrs 22 minutes 10 seconds. Colin Maheia of Horizon took 2nd while Kenroy “Smokes” Gladden of medina’s Jewelry rounds out the top 3.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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