Gold evades Davao on Day 2

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Monday, May 7, 2012


THE elusive gold medal evaded the Davao Region on Day 2 of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan as of this posting Monday.

Medal-rich athletics began action on Sunday while only gymnastics was being played after the formal opening rites graced by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III at the Narciso Ramos Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen Monday morning.

Davao Region's Harmon Nataya of Davao City National High School placed seventh in secondary boys triple jump being the only finals qualifier in the early going of the athletics competition.

But Davao Region, seventh over-all in the Dapitan City Palaro last year, opened with victories in volleyball, boxing, chess, baseball, softball, sipa and sepak takraw and basketball but lost in secondary boys football.

Davao's secondary boys volleyball team beat Mimaropa, 25-13, 18-25, 25-16 while the secondary girl spikers spanked Eastern Visayas, 28-26, 25-21 at RRRSCC.

In the elementary division, the boys succumbed to Ilocos Region, 11-25, 25-20, 20-26 at Libsong covered court while the girls escaped a 25-16, 12-25, 19-25 win over Central Luzon at Tonton covered court also in Lingayen.

Over at Lingayen Plaza, Panabo City's Ferdinand Apat and John Patrick Dinolan hacked out debut wins in secondary boys boxing event. Apat defeated Augustine Chinedu Naworji of Eastern Visayas, 8-5, in their mosquitoweight (40 kgs.) bout while Dinolan subdued Dannel Maamo, 8-6, in their pinweight (46 kgs.) clash.

At the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, only Davao's elementary boys chess team lost its debut assignment. John Marvin Miciano of Ateneo de Davao University and Jasper Seth Erum of Davao del Sur fell at the hands of their Northern Mindanao rivals, 0.5-1.5.

The secondary boys team of Austin Jacob Literatus of Doña Carmen Denia National High School and Kenneth John Tabada of Tagum City stamped Caraga bets, 2-0, while the secondary girls pair of Rowelyn Joy Acedo of Jose Maria College and Ella Grace Moulic of Holy Cross of Davao College drew with Bicol Region, 1-1. Acedo, who was one pawn up, eventually lost her match due to dysmenorrhea.

"It was not a difficult game but I was not really feeling well. I've been vomiting. But I feel better now. I'll bounce back in the remaining rounds," Acedo, an individual gold winner in Dapitan, said in text messages to Sun.Star Davao yesterday.

The elementary girls team of Irish Yngayo of Don Juan dela Cruz Central Elementary School and Frince Ezra Vanjo of Davao Oriental tied with Zamboanga Peninsula, 1-1.

Davao Region's elementary boys baseball squad, meanwhile, shutout Ilocos Region, 12-0, while the girls softball team blanked Cotabato Region, 4-0. Davao's elementary sipa team bested Bicol, 21-15, 21-19 before whipping Caraga, 21-15, 21-19.

The secondary boys sepak team, for its part, recovered from a first regu loss to win past Cotabato, 23-32, 30-20, 43-31 then followed it up with a 42-41, 30-17, 30-25 win over Bicol.

The secondary boys football team, now bannered by Tagum City and Davao del Norte, succumbed to Central Luzon, 1-0. It can be recalled that Davao City-bannered Dapitan Palaro silver medalist team of coach Ramonito
"Lalas" Carreon lost the regional meet semi-finals due to a despicable muddy field at Compostela Elementary School in Compostela Valley.

Football coach Leo Cañaveral, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao, said they were just unfortunate to miss many goal attempts.

The Albert Ryan Lim-mentored elementary booters battle Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at 7:40 a.m. today to open its bid in this year's Games.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 08, 2012.

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