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Sports Notes

SOFTBALL

BANKERS LEAGUE

THE Bankers Athletic Association is all set to open its 2016 Bankers Slow Pitch season in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

This season, a total of eight teams are expected to begin the march towards the 2016 championship, with games being played 11am to 5pm and on Wednesdays starting at 6:30pm. Admission is free to the general public.

The teams slated to participate are the defending champions Fidelity, last year’s runners-up BAF Financial Stars, Bahamas First Insurance, First Caribbean X-men, Scotiabank Wheelers, Royal Bank Lions, Colina Insurance and Commonwealth Bank Pirates.

BSC BASKETBALL

THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that its 2016 Basketball Classic will get underway at the basketball courts in the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex 10 am April 2.

In preparation for the start of the season, the BSC is scheduled to hold a meeting 10am Saturday, March 19 at the same venue and time for all churches interested in participating. 

The meeting will serve as the final registration for teams wishing to participate in the league, which will comprise of a 15-and-under, 19-and-under, open men and ladies or co-ed divisions. 

The registration fee is $200 per team in each division and all fees must be paid by the starting date on April 2 or teams will not be allowed to participate when the season gets underway. 

All teams are also reminded that they will have to be properly dressed in their team uniform tops and all team rosters must be submitted by opening date in order to participate.

BOWLING

CITY BOWLING

LEAGUE

THE most valuable player in City Bowling League competition Monday night was Lasheikha Major of Carib Construction with a 249 high game and an outstanding 647 high three game set.

The runner-up was Lee Davis of the Ten Back Strikers with a 633 second high set. Raymond Adderley of Carib Construction and Philip Brown of Duce City E & U Water Coolers tied the second high game after both struck for 244 pins each.  

The leader in the ladies’ category was Xynea Johnson of the Bahamasair Flyers with a 211 high game and a 572 high three game set. Johnson was followed by Angie Smith of Reach Crusaders with a 200 second high game and a 552 second high set.

The team scores for the evening were: Carib Construction 3, BEC Shockers 0; Coca Cola Avengers 2, Fresh Blend Rolling Stones 1; Duce City E&U Watercoolers 2, Genuine Knights 1; Giga Tech 2, Telco Enterprises 1; Checker’s Café 2, Island Game Strokers 1; Ten Back Strikers 2, TK Falcons 1; Reach Crusaders 2, Bahamasair Flyers 1.

TENNIS

JR TEAM

TRAVELLING

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has announced its boys and girls national teams that will be participating in the World Junior Tennis Competition in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 11-16.

The Boys’ Team consists of Kofi Bowe (Freeport), Jacobi Bain and Denali Nottage (Freeport) and the Girls’ Team is comprised of Elana Mackey, Donesha Gibson (Freeport) and Emma Weech.  Teams are captained by Hartie Johnson of Jame’s Cistern, Eleuthera, for the boys and Bradley Bain for the girls.

The BLTA is pleased to have represented a team of  players who not only hail from New Providence, but three from Freeport and  three from New Providence, in addition to having the boys’ coach from Eleuthera. All team members have served on national teams before and some as many as three appearances. 

Coach Johnson has served as national team coach several years ago and has returned to the national tennis stage to “give back” to the sport that he loves so much. 

Coach Bain continues to lend his coaching expertise to The Association and coached last year’s Girls’ Team to the finals. This is truly indicative of the pool of talented junior tennis players and coaches we have in The Bahamas. The Association is continuing its efforts in growing the sport and taking tennis to the next level.

Last year, the Bahamas girls’ team emerged as finalists at this event and our boys’ team, semi-finalists. This year’s team is equally talented and we expect a good performance from them. 

Eighteen participating nations are expected to converge in El Salvador, including Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.

The team is scheduled to leave on Wednesday and return home on March 17.

OZZIE SIMON

TOP PICKS

AS the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology gets ready for the hosting of the first National High School Basketball Tournament this weekend in Grand Bahama, Ozzie ‘the Sports Insider’ Simon has released the rankings of the top teams.

Senior boys -  1. CC Sweeting, 2. Sunland Lutheran, 3. CI Gibson, 4. Jordan Prince Williams, 5. Doris Johnson, 6. Tabernacle Baptist Academy, 7. Anatol Rodgers, 8. Queen’s College, 9. St George’s, 10. Jack Hayward, 11. RM Bailey and 12. Teleos.

Seniors girls - 1. Doris Johnson, 2. CV Bethel, 3. CR Walker, 4. St Augustine’s College, 5. Jordan Prince Williams, 6. Harbour Island, 7. St John’s, 8. Teleos, 9. Tabernacle Baptist Academy, 10. Bishop Michael Eldon amnd 11. CI Gibson.

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