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HIGH SCHOOL PADDLERS STROKE INTO 2024 SEASON

Paddlers take to the shores of Matapang Beach

By Paradis Jolie Fejerang

As April is now upon us, expect Matapang Beach Park to be packed as Guam’s high school paddlers hit the beach with their coaches and supporters filling the shoreline. Despite the early mornings, the weather was clear and energy was high among the athletes as they prepared for the GKCF Kareran Galaide races. 

This weekend, Guam High’s junior varsity teams dominated the 500m races in each of the categories: Dinana (mixed), Famalao’an (female) and Lalahi (male). Interestingly, as competition begins for the varsity races going 1000m, GHS falters for the Lalahi finals’ top team to be the Okkodo Bulldogs and the mighty Islanders taking the top spots for the all females and mixed teams.

As of this week, there have now been two sprint regattas to alter the current standings for the teams and meaning there are now only two race weekends left to decide the regular season division champions. 

The regular season leads into the SPPC Circle K/76 Kareran Galaide Mini-Distance Championships on May 4 and the SPPC Circle K/76 Sprint Championships on May 18.

Team Standings with total points as of April 6 (Two regattas in)

Manhoben Dinana (JV mixed)

  1. Guam High – 22
  2. Okkodo – 19
  3. AOLG/FD – 18
  4. John F. Kennedy – 16
  5. George Washington – 13
  6. Notre Dame – 11

St. John’s – 11

  1. Simon Sanchez – 6

Manhoben Famalao’an (JV females)

  1. Guam High – 20

Okkodo – 20

  1. Notre Dame – 18
  2. AOLG – 17
  3. George Washington – 14
  4. Tiyan – 13
  5. Southern – 11
  6. St. John’s – 3

Manhoben Lalahi (JV males)

  1. Guam High – 22
  2. Okkodo – 20
  3. Father Duenas – 17
  4. Notre Dame – 16
  5. St. John’s – 12
  6. Simon Sanchez – 6
  7. George Washington – 5

Sottera (V females)

  1. John F. Kennedy – 22
  2. AOLG – 18
  3. Okkodo – 16

Simon Sanchez – 16

  1. Tiyan – 13
  2. Guam High – 12
  3. Notre Dame – 11
  4. Southern – 7
  5. George Washington – 5

Sottero (V mixed)

  1. John F. Kennedy – 22
  2. Guam High – 20
  3. Okkodo – 17
  4. Simon Sanchez – 16
  5. George Washington – 14
  6. Tiyan – 12
  7. AOLG/FD – 11
  8. Southern – 8 St. John’s – 8

Sotteru (V males)

  1. Okkodo – 22
  2. John F. Kennedy – 20
  3. Father Duenas – 16, Guam High – 16
  1. Notre Dame – 15
  2. George Washington – 12
  3. Tiyan – 11
  4. Simon Sanchez – 7 Southern – 7

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COMING SOON …

4th Quarter Post Season

Boys Volleyball Champion v Champion on May 19

QUICK HITS

The St. Paul Warriors are the 2024 IIAAG Boys Middle School Basketball League Champions! The Warriors defeated the 2nd seed Andersen Dragons 60-47 to cap off their undefeated season.
Mario Bork led the Warriors with 20 points in the championship game.
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Sad News: Guam’s basketball community received word that long-time coach Gerrard ‘Gerry’ Barnes succumbed to cancer and passed away on May 7. 
Coach Barnes led the heralded Andersen Bombers from the 1980’s until recent years.
He also coached the Guam national team and at Simon Sanchez.
Coach Barnes was 73.

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