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Sports In Brief

TENNIS TEAM

A four-member team made up of two boys and two girls from the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association left Nassau yesterday to participate in the second annual English-speaking Caribbean 12 & Under COTECC Team Championships in St Lucia.

The boys’ team is comprised of Jacobi Bain of Nassau and Kofi Bowe of Freeport and the girls’ team is comprised of Emma Weech of Nassau and Donesha Gibson of Freeport. Bain and Weech will play as the No. 1 seeded players and Kofi and Donesha will play as the No. 2 seeds for the Bahamas.

Some 22 countries have been invited to participate in the tournament.

The association looks forward to great performances again this year from the teams as both teams are the defending champions.

Last year, the teams included Bain and Donte Armbrister for the boys and Sydney Clarke and Elana Mackey for the girls. The top three countries will advance to the Masters event set for November 1-7 in Mexico. The teams are expected to return home on August 31. Bradley Bain serves as coach for both teams.

TENNIS

THE AID Claycourt Championships concluded Sunday afternoon at the Gym Tennis Club in Winton Meadows with Larry Rolle successfully defending his title in the Jr Vets Singles with a come-from-behind win over Brent Johnson.

Johnson jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Rolle seemed unable to handle Johnson’s heavy topspin shots. However, Rolle soon found the answer and after Johnson appeared to get tired, reeled off six straight games to take the first set 6-3.

The second set was a much closer affair with Johnson actually serving for the set at 5-4 but unable to hold on. Rolle equalised and eventually forced a tiebreak at 6-6 which he then finished off seven points to five to take the match in two sets, 6-3, 7-6.

Other winners during the two-week tournament were Kevin Major Jr (men’s open singles and mixed doubles), Jamal Adderley and Ceron Rolle (men’s open doubles), Austin Burrows and Sean Cartwright (men’s Jr Vets doubles), Danielle Thompson (ladies singles, ladies doubles with Marion Bain and mixed doubles).

Harold Watson, president and managing director of AID, presented attractive trophies and other prizes to the winners and runners-up and pledged AID’s continued sponsorship of the event in the future.

JBLN REGISTRATION

AS the Junior Baseball League of Nassau gets set for the start of its 2014 season, parents and players are reminded of the following deadlines:

Registration fee payments will be accepted on the following Saturdays at the Field of Dreams between 10am and 2pm September 13, September 20 and September 27.

Final registration fee payment and cut off date is 10am to noon on Saturday, October 4. Try-outs are slated to be held at The Field of Dreams noon to 2pm on October 4.

Draft Night is 7pm Tuesday, October 7. Pre-season starts on November 12 and lasts for five weeks, ending on December 14. Regular season starts on January 14. Opening day is January 17, 2015.

NPSA ACTION

THE New Providence Softball Association is scheduled to be back in action in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Tuesday night after taking a break over the weekend for the funeral service of former Electro Telecom Lady Hitters manager Carl ‘Bang Bang’ Johnson on Saturday in Eleuthera.

Johnson’s Lady Hitters are also slated to be back in action as they take on the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs in the 7pm opener. That will be followed by the men’s feature contest between the Sting Truckers and the BTC Elite Warriors at 8:30 pm.

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