Two more high school track and field records were broken Friday night in the final IIAAG track meet of the year at the Okkodo track.
The Guam High Panthers boys 4×400 team composed of Isaac Ventura, Sincere Powell, Joshua Cote and Solomon White ran a record time 3:33.13 to break an 18 year-old record.
The Panthers ousted the 1999 JFK Islanders 4×400 team of Desmond Mandell III, PhilAm Garcia, Oliver Sicat and David Nielsen. The previous record held by the Islanders was a time of 3:34.73.
Another High school track and field record was broken! Okkodo’s Michael De Leon broke a 16 year-old high school javelin record, throwing a distance of 45.91 meters. The previous record was held by John Salas who broke the record on April 24th, 2001 with a distance of 45.68 meters.
The IIAAG All-Island Meet is scheduled for next week Friday so expect to see more records broken.
PHILIPPINES – The Pinoy Youth Dreamers-Red Select Team from Manila avenged an overtime pool play loss to the Okkodo Bulldogs 68-61 in the championship game of the Buddy’s 1st Women’s Invitational in Lucban, Quezon on Sunday.
The game was a back-and-forth match with Nica Mojas and Shania Bulala providing much of the firepower until the final minutes of the fourth when PYD-Red hit a hot streak from beyond the arc, sinking five straight 3s to grab the title.
In the loss, Bulala led all scorers with 15 points while Mojas wrapped another double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team as point guard and center.
In their previous contest, the Bulldogs eked out a 79-72 win behind 17 points apiece from Bulala and Mojas. Danica Cabrera and Isla Quinata posted a double-double each, tag-teaming for 26 points and 27 rebounds.
This is the first tournament in Quezon where Guam schools were invited to attend. The competition featured six teams from Southern Luzon and Manila.
“We hope to make this a continuing tournament and we are invited the Guam schools to come back next year,” said Beaujing Acot, a former national skills and scouting coach for the Philippines. “This is the first one and it will only get bigger and better.”
Bulala averaged 18.1 points and 3.2 steals in the tournament. Mojas averaged 11.2 points and 16.3 rebounds, while Quinata posted 11 points, 5.6 steals and 7.1 boards throughout the tournament.
The 5th-seeded Guam High Panthers were on a mission Friday night to get revenge over the 4th-seeded Okkodo Bulldogs in the IIAAG’s quarterfinal playoff game. The Panthers came into the Okkodo campus with a different game plan and a resurgent offensive line that contributed to the 20-12 upset victory to advance to the semi-finals and a date with the top-seeded Father Duenas Friars who earlier defeated the Tiyan Titans.
All-Island running back Avery Fernandez rushed for 68 first half yards to help move the chains for the Panthers early. The Panther offensive line held their ground and allowed quarterback Jujuan King to rush for two early touchdowns in the first half to go up 14-0 with Nick Anderson going 2-for-2 on extra point attempts.
The Bulldogs came barking back behind a huge kick off return by Jaythaniel Cruz to find them at the Panther 35-yard line. With good positioning, 1st team all-island running back Jesse Karl Cruz helped his team advance into the red zone at the Panther 5-yard line. The Bulldogs went for a pass play but the pass was intercepted by Xavier Richardson in the end zone to put an end to the Bulldog drive.
The Bulldog defense forced the Panthers to punt in their own territory to claim possession with 2 minutes before halftime. The Bulldogs offense again advanced the ball into Panther territory looking to cut their deficit in half. The aggressive play calling backfired once again, this time a pick-6 interception by the Panthers’ Keith ‘Trip’ Chauret. Chauret listened to his sideline coaches who read a pass play and he dropped back to intercept the pass for a 75-yard return to go up 20-0 before halftime after the two-point conversion failed.
“I saw them lining up on the left side so I started dropping back in my coverage. I saw two guys where I was and saw the ball come my way so I took a shot at it,” said Chauret of the play.
Chauret later forced and recovered a fumble to open up the 3rd quarter to give the Panther offense the ball. The Bulldog defense did not allow the Panthers to advance into their territory and stopped the run game.
A high snap on a 4th down punt play mid-way through the third period gives the Bulldogs possession at the Panther 12-yard line after Joseph De Leon Guerrero made the key tackle in the backfield for the turnover. This time, the Bulldogs capitalized on good field position. On the ensuing possession, Josh Cruz who rushes in for the first Bulldog touchdown, a 12-yard run, to trim the lead to 20-6 after a failed two-point conversion.
Both defenses were stingy marching into the final period. With 4:15 left in regulation and down two touchdowns, the Bulldogs needed a big play and finally got it from a punt return by Michael Deleon. Deleon dashed 91-yards down the left sideline for the score that gave hope to the Bulldog fans. The Bulldogs elected to go for the two-point conversion but failed to keep the score at 20-12.
With minutes remaining, the Bulldog defense got a key 3-and-out stop to force the Panthers to punt at midfield with 2 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the high kick by Anderson was bobbled by the Bulldog returner and he fumbled the ball. The Panthers recovered and killed clock to end the game with the victory.
Fernandez had 115 yards on the ground and caught two passes from King for an additional 14 yards. The Panthers look to avenge another loss handed to them from the undefeated Friars. “Going into the playoffs a lot of people doubted us as a 5-seed. But now we are going into every game with more confidence, not cockiness,” said Fernandez. Fernandez said that his team has improved as the season progressed, especially their offensive line.
King agreed with Fernandez and gave credit to the “O-line” for their job well done. “Our line stepped up all week in practice and it showed in the game. They played really well out there,” said King who rushed for 43 yards which included two touchdowns. “FD is going to be really aggressive on defense; we just have get all our blocks down next week”, said King.
“We are a brotherhood; we just got to stick together. We’ve proven it to ourselves and everyone else that we are not to be messed with and we are not going to get run over by everybody,” said Chauret.
Jesse Karl Cruz rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries, he also had two tackles for losses on defense. Deleon had the big TD return for 91 yards, he also rushed for 19 yards on offense. Richardson had 3 receptions for 25 yards for the Panthers.
Games continue Saturday with the Sanchez Sharks at GW and the Southern Dolphins visiting the JFK Islanders. The Panthers will face the FD Friars next week in the semifinals.
The reigning IFL champion Simon Sanchez Sharks officially began their season Friday night as they took out Okkodo Bulldogs 24-12 at the Okkodo Field. After missing the first week of games due to lack of players, it took the Sharks a while to get into the game.
“It was rough, we started out pretty slow,” said Sanchez running back Daniel Cruz who scored two of Sanchez’s touchdowns. “We haven’t practiced with a lot of us within the last couple of days too,” added Cruz shedding some light on the slow start.
Okkodo, coming off a tough opening loss against JFK, were very spirited at the beginning of the game and it showed with the way they played. Ten minutes into the first half quarterback Leeroy Zapatos threw a deep ball to receiver Angel DeLeon Guerrrero within the Sharks five-yard line. Two plays later Zapatos would take it in himself on a QB sneak putting the Bulldogs on the board first. The PAT was good making the score 7-0.
Sanchez’s offense was ready though as Dondre Barnes weaved through a number of defenders on a 1st down run that brought the Sharks in Bulldog territory. After a turning the ball over to the Bulldogs, Matthew Sojo intercepted a pass from Zapatos and returned it for a touchdown. After the failed two-point conversion the score remained 7-6 in the first quarter.
“The boys got their stuff together, everybody did their part and it all worked out,” said Cruz as the Sharks defense stepped up and contained the Bulldogs for the remainder of the game. By halftime the ball game was tied 12-12.
In the second half the Sharks defense once again made things hard for Okkodo’s offense to gain some momentum. Which only helped the Shark’s offense, as Cruz was able to punch in a touchdown midway through the third quarter putting the Sharks up 18-12.
“Every team is out to beat us this year, but we’re going to give them a battle,” said Cruz who understands the pressure that comes with being the defending champions. With the win Sanchez improves their record 1-1, as Okkodo falls to 0-2 with the loss.
The Okkodo Bulldogs and Sanchez Sharks broke in the newly renovated track at the Bulldogs field during their cross country matchup on Monday. The event was headlined by a ribbon cutting ceremony with special guests, including Superintendent Jon P. Fernandez, followed by the race between the two northern schools.
Mistress of Ceremony for the ribbon cutting event, Emily Muna, honored all attendees and allowed the students and special guests to officially open the track for its first ever meet. Fernandez elected to forgo the inaugural lap and instead allowed the runners to break in the field.
The Sharks moved in a solid pack throughout the race to get the victory, overcoming an outstanding first place finish by Bulldogs’ Mark Yoshida, who finished with a time of 19:08. Yoshida performed at a high level, setting a new standard for the newly built track, but his personal goals are far from complete.
“It feels good for an official opening but it’s not something I want to be comfortable with because that is not ‘all-island’ material,” stated Yoshida. “That’s what I’m aiming for, being on the top. I’m not going to get there by laying down. My team improves no matter what. All I can say is that my team will show what we got when the time comes.”
The route was slightly altered and believed to be a more difficult run, though Yoshida still came out on top.
Sharks John Buan was the first to cross the finish line behind Yoshida at 21:21, followed by six more Sharks to secure the win. Since the Sharks secured majority of the top finish spots, they received a lower score which bolstered their big win.
Nikki Del Castillo was the first female finisher and she credits hard practice for her readiness. “I train with the boys and train hard to show the girls that we can run with the guys too,” stated Del Castillo, who was not only the first female finisher but third overall finisher for the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs’ head coach Desmond Mandell feels his team is still working on moving together as a unit, but has high hopes the teams running cohesiveness will improve in the coming weeks. Coach Jin Han and the Sharks improve to 2-0 in the early going while coach Mandell and the Bulldogs suffer their first loss of the season and are now 1-1.
Sanchez 20, Okkodo 43 (boys)
1 Mark Yoshida Okkodo 19:08.00 1
2 John Buan Sanchez 21:21.00 2
3 Dean Nilo Sanchez 21:25.00 3
4 Evander DeGuzman Sanchez 21:25.00 4
5 Aaron Castro Sanchez 21:32.00 5
6 Andrew Baranda Sanchez 21:33.00 6
7 Anthony Castro Sanchez 21:47.00 7
8 William Sablan Sanchez 21:51.00 8
9 Joshua Ballon Okkodo 22:56.00 9
10 John Sazon Okkodo 24:09.00 10
11 Kristian Cercado Sanchez 24:28.00 —
12 Kurt Almoite Okkodo 24:31.00 11
13 Ken Delfin Sanchez 24:35.00 —
14 Ian Valencia Sanchez 24:36.00 —
15 Ryan Nucum Sanchez 24:38.00 —
16 Ronald Marfega Okkodo 24:56.00 12
17 Edmer Aguas Sanchez 26:15.00 —
18 Bautista Roybert Sanchez 26:56.00 —
19 Michael Ocampo Sanchez 27:03.00 —
20 Joseph Munoz Okkodo 27:26.00 13
21 Ryan Mercado Okkodo 27:31.00 14
22 Giordan Kho Sanchez 30:18.00 —
1 Ben Middlebrook Harvest 20:06.00 1
2 Kevin Cho Harvest 20:22.00 2
3 Tyler Thorne Guam High 20:56.00 3
4 Zachary Phillips Guam High 21:05.00 4
5 Leon Bamba Guam High 21:47.00 5
6 Wayne Owen Guam High 22:03.00 6
7 Benjamin Tevid Harvest 22:09.00 7
8 Jonah Jones Harvest 22:18.00 8
9 Robert Kranz Guam High 22:33.00 9
10 Jake Harrold Guam High 22:34.00 10
11 Jacen Blackburn Guam High 22:44.00 11
12 Keith Zachary Guam High 22:56.00 —
13 Bailey Ward Guam High 23:01.00 —
14 Jeffrey Kim Harvest 23:29.00 12
15 Paul Tominez Guam High 23:59.00 —
16 Ronald Lindhart Guam High 23:59.00 —
17 Christopher Quinn Guam High 24:40.00 —
18 Benjamin Mills Harvest 24:42.00 13
19 Arthur Owen Guam High 24:55.00 —
20 Randall Wiegand Harvest 25:11.00 14
21 Kyle Ward Guam High 25:25.00 —
22 Derek Cabrera Guam High 26:48.00 —
23 Masato Quinene Harvest 27:52.00 —
24 Steve Louis Guam High 28:27.00 —
25 Bryce Collier Harvest 28:56.00 —
26 Anthony Chargualaf Harvest 29:15.00 —
27 Joseph Tuazon Harvest 29:19.00 —
28 Montano Gim Harvest 29:28.00 —
29 Bhojwani Tanish Harvest 38:55.00 —
Guam High 22, Harvest 34 (girls)
1 Emma Martin Guam High 23:25.00 1
2 Alette McGuire Guam High 25:58.00 2
3 Domini Prudente Harvest 26:11.00 3
4 Lisa Oviedo Guam High 27:52.00 4
5 Katalina Day Harvest 29:12.00 5
6 Andraya Quiambao Harvest 29:20.00 6
7 Loren Magante Guam High 29:23.00 7
8 Heather Bossart Guam High 29:51.00 8
9 Jane Baik Harvest 31:04.00 9
10 Alexia Lasala Guam High 31:16.00 10
11 Danielle Cubacub Harvest 32:35.00 11
12 Audrey Meno Guam High 33:44.00 12
13 Danielle Bossart Guam High 33:45.00 —
14 Jeive Rivera Guam High 36:13.00 —
JFK 15, St. John’s 50 (boys)
1 John Aquino John F Kennedy 16:11.00 1
2 Michael Murphy John F Kennedy 18:12.00 2
3 ReyJohn Flores John F Kennedy 18:33.00 3
4 Karl Joshua Almoite John F Kennedy 19:17.00 4
5 Kennedy Macatuno John F Kennedy 20:20.00 5
6 Gion Buenavides John F Kennedy 20:47.00 6
7 Christopher Andrada John F Kennedy 21:12.00 7
8 John Macatuno John F Kennedy 22:17.00 —
9 Beato Manglona John F Kennedy 22:47.00 —
10 Shusuke Maeda St. Johns 23:28.00 8
11 Junmao Wang St. Johns 24:12.00 9
12 Jacob Ishizu St. Johns 24:15.00 10
13 Jeff Yoo St. Johns 24:30.00 11
14 Christopher Espinosa John F Kennedy 24:55.00 —
15 William Lee St. Johns 28:00.00 12
16 Anthony Susim St. Johns 28:01.00 13
17 Vince Serrano St. Johns 30:26.00 14
18 Matthew Alegria St. Johns 30:38.00 —
19 Enjhay Serrano St. Johns 30:52.00 —
20 Charison Ro St. Johns 33:34.00 —
21 Thomas Untalan St. Johns 35:09.00 —
22 Joshua Azicate John F Kennedy 39:31.00 —
JFK 15, St. John’s 0 (girls)
1 Keisha Yoo John F Kennedy 22:58.00 1
2 Jadine Rosario John F Kennedy 23:10.00 2
3 Pilar Righetti John F Kennedy 23:41.00 3
4 Maria Ollet John F Kennedy 24:31.00 4
5 Khamille Dimalanta John F Kennedy 24:36.00 5
6 Jaia Jia Zhang St. Johns 26:13.00 —
7 Julie Moon St. Johns 26:44.00 —
8 Sowon Min St. Johns 28:45.00 —
Southern 16, St. Paul 39 (boys)
1 Ranier Porras Southern 13:32.00 1
2 Christian Gico Southern 13:56.00 2
3 Richard Celeste Southern 14:07.00 3
4 Albert Linder Southern 14:13.00 4
5 Conlu Kris St. Paul 15:02.00 5
6 Ken Sekine Southern 15:15.00 6
7 Conlu Kris St. Paul 15:17.00 7
8 Dominik Caguioa St. Paul 17:09.00 8
9 Thomas Jackson St. Paul 18:02.00 9
10 Joshua Orario St. Paul 18:54.00 10
11 Jon Pangilinan St. Paul 19:47.00 11
12 Christian Salumbides St. Paul 24:24.00 12
Southern 0, St. Paul 0 (girls)
1 Ianthe Porras Southern 17:18.00 —
2 Bonita Dydasco Southern 17:37.00 —
3 Frezzia Edubalad Southern 18:16.00 —
4 Yui Kikuchi St. Paul 22:01.00 —
5 Elina Fermin St. Paul 24:06.00 —
6 Hannah Mosley St. Paul 24:25.00 —
7 Jessica Pierce Southern 26:05.00 —
The JFK Islanders knocked off the Okkodo Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21 in the IIAAG Girls’ Volleyball League Saturday night at the JFK gym. The Islanders’ record now stands at an unblemished 2-0, while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-1.
Islanders’ team captain Kristin Sapp attributed the victory to communication and sharp passing. “I’m really glad and proud of everyone on our team,” Sapp said. “I think it’s going to be a good season. It’s competitive and I like it.”
The Islanders bursted out to a quick 3-0 lead after Marissa Aguon threw down a kill and Savannah Mafnas delivered two consecutive aces. The Bulldogs, however, countered and managed to tie the set at 4-apeice off of an ace from Lori Okada. The visiting team kept their momentum going off of some precise serving by Okada and built a three point lead.
The home team kept their composure and chipped away at the lead until Kaitlin Blaz’s ace tied the set at 7. Alison Bowman knocked the ball past the Bulldogs’ defense and put the Islanders on top again. From there the home team appeared to be in a groove as the Islanders’ superb passing paved the way for several kills.
Sapp hammered down a thunderous kill to make the score 15-8 and the Bulldogs had no answer for the Islanders’ offense. Another kill from the team captain put the Islanders up 23-14 and a Bulldogs’ error ended the set.
The Bulldogs opened the second set like a team on a mission and displayed their grit by building a 4-2 lead over the Islanders thanks to some dynamite serving from Tara Montgomery. Just as they did in the first set the Islanders, however, did not fold and responded with some stout offense from Sapp. Sapp’s ace made the score 11-5 and it looked as if the Islanders were cruising again.
The visiting team did not give in and fought back to keep the set close. An error by the Islanders tied the set at 19 but few plays later Sapp fired off two more aces to make the score 23-19. A Bulldogs’ error put the game at match point and Sapp delivered the final blow to seal the win.
St. Paul def. Harvest 25-7, 25-19
Sanchez def. St. John’s 30-28, 25-21
GW def. Guam High 25-20, 25-22: The Geckos were lead by Maricia Mariano with 2 kills, 3 aces, and 17 digs. Helping the Geckos were Jasmine Algmoguera with 2 kills, 2 aces, and 3 blocks and Colleen Quinata with 3 aces, 3 blocks, and one kill. The Panther’s Haani Limtiaco had 8 kills and Tiffani Unsiog with 21 digs. GW also won the JV game 25-11, 25-15.