UC’s reign in Milo ends-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
AFTER 17 years, the Milo Little Olympics will see a new secondary champion.
As of 7 p.m. last night, the University of Cebu Webmasters, the warriors who have gallantly withstood the test of the Milo Little Olympics for the last 17 years, finally waved the white flag. Yes, they have been defeated, by the some hard-fighting Warriors of the University of San Carlos Basic Education.
“It was a hard-fought battle in the secondary division. Naglisud sad ang USC. UC fought up to its last breath,” said organizer Ricky Ballesteros.
As of last night, UC was still on top of the ranking of the secondary division with 149.5 points after the results of taekwondo, swimming, scrabble, athletics and table tennis were tallied. But this might be the last time UC will enjoy the top spot as USC BED is quickly gaining on them.
USC BED earned points from its victories in badminton, scrabble, athletics and lawn tennis for 126 points.
As the Milo Little Olympics Visayas leg rolls to its final day today, UC will no longer be getting points from the team events. But USC will still earn and is expected to vault to the top as it booked finals seats in the secondary boys basketball and volleyball events and is expected to earn points from gymnastics as well. And even if they will only place second, it will bolster its chances of catching up and taking the win for good.
Although there was no denial nor anger from the part of UC, there seemed to be some bargaining from the former champions.
“Naa pa mi sa chess. We are still on it,” UC athletic director Bernard Ricablanca said while waiting for the final tally for the third day of competitions.
Chess was not yet entered into the general championship points as of last night.
However, after analyzing the possibilities today, there was acceptance. And the former champions were gracious in their looming defeat.
“USC is a strong team. As I have said before, we had 17 years to enjoy moments of glory. We are happy to hand it over to an equally hardworking team,” said Ricablanca. “There are no ill-feelings in this because we only joined six events but our athletes worked really hard. And that is more important.”
Yesterday, UC’s final hurrah was its athletics team, winning in the boys division with its girls’ team taking second place, losing to IloIlo National High School.
The USC tennis squad also gained points after winning the boys title behind Jan Godfrey “Noynoy” Seno, Christofer Encarnacion, Lord Mikell and Francis Gener Lambayan.
The USC secondary boys basketball team will also be seeing action in the finals also against Ateneo de Cebu, while its secondary boys volleyball team will take on the Abellana National School in the finals.
Meanwhile, in the elementary division, USC is set to take another overall title as it lords it over with 162 points.
Severo Duterte Memorial Elementary School, which is at a distant second with 30 points and Talisay South Elementary School at third with 27.5.
Yesterday, USC swept the elementary boys and girls athletics titles. While USC defended the boys title, it finally wrested the girls’ title behind the efforts Mary Joy Loberanes, the diminutive runner, who led the team with five gold medals in the 400-meter, 800, 1,500 runs and with the team in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
The boys side was led by its basketball players Czar Octaviano and John Patrick Parantar, who won three gold medals each. Octaviano is the basketball team captain, who will lead the team in today’s final against Ateneo de Cebu. Parantar, on the other hand, have decided to drop from the basketball squad and focus on athletics.
UC’s loss was not the only upset yesterday as the Banilad Elementary School girls badminton squad only finished third, when it lost to USC.
USC’s Kathleen Verallo, Chelsea Akiatan and Kristelle Verallo took the title after beating Zaragosa Elementary School, 2-0 in the finals.
Banilad retained dominance in the boys side with Lyrden Laborte, Carl Bejasa an Neil John Navarete winning over Zapatera, 2-0.
In the secondary boys division, Ivan Bascon, Jude Pangilinan and Chester Aguila beat Southwestern University, 2-1.
SWU girls team of Hannah Tudtud, Trisha Opon and Elloise Carillo took the girls title over USC.
In football, Sacred Heart School- Jesuits-Ateneo de Cebu defeated Sacred Heart School Hijas, 3-0, to advance to the finals against Don Bosco, which defeated Camp Lapu-Lapu Elementary School, 4-0.
Kunita Shintaro, Yuji Selmana and John Veloso scored for Ateneo, while DBTC got its goals from Christian Agot, Dustin Ramirez and Jascha Mari Tabar.
In the secondary division, SHS-Ateneo pulled the rug from under Abellana National School, 3-1, to advance to the finals.
Jake Ramos got ANS ahead in the sixth minute but Ateneo’s Kyle Silawan evened the game two minutes later. Karlo Miguel Villamor got Ateneo the lead in the 21st.
Ateneo will face Paref Springdale in the finals today. Springdale defeated Liloan National High School via a 4-2 shootout.
Meanwhile, the USC-BED secondary boys and girls tennis team had contrasting fates in the tennis finals at the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club.
The USC-BED boys team beat University of the Visayas (UV) Norman Joseph e. Enriquez, Ark Galo, Marc Rhondele Pradel and Francis Hidalgo, 2-0, for the title, while the girls squad lost to Bright Academy in the finals.
Bright Academy is composed of Jana Pages, Zethley Mae Alferez, Shyne Villareal and Kassandra Gandionco and they will be returning to the national finals for the second straight year after beating USC, 2-0.
Abellana National School settled for third in the boys division after beating Iloilo National High School.
In the elementary division, USC-BED lost to Lahug Elementary School.
USC will also get a chance to win the basketball title after setting up a finals match against SHS-Ateneo in the elementary division.
USC won, 20-0, after Cebu Eastern College failed to show up, while SHS-Ateneo crushed the University of the Visayas, 49-33.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 25, 2013.