1st-timer Maa NHS wins Milo Little Olympics sepak takraw gold

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Saturday, August 16, 2014


BARGING into the finals, unbeaten in four matches, the Maa National High School of Davao City went on to capture the gold medal after beating Misamis Occidental, 21-11, 22-20, in the 18th Milo Little Olympics Mindanao sepak takraw championship match in Cagayan de Oro recently.

The Eugene O. Mosqueda-coached Davao squad leaned on the services of Roger S. Yudelmo Jr., Christian John L. Altovar, Aljay B. Dariday and Jason Dave A. Malijao with Ruel A. Yataza as trainor.

They arranged a titular showdown with Misamis Occidental after hacking out a 21-18, 23-21 win over Surigao del Norte in the semi-finals. In the eliminations, Maa NHS routed Pansibangan (21-8, 21-5) after whipping Lumbia (21-12, 21-15) and escaping past Camiguin (21-16, 22-20).

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"Nakaloy-an gyudsa Ginoo, nakatsamba. Nalipay kaayo ko nga makahatag ta ug dungog sa school ugsa Davao City (God was just gracious, we were lucky. We're happy to bring honor to the school and the city of Davao)," coach Mosqueda told Sun.Star Davao.

He said the players executed set plays based on their game plan.

"Adjustment sa depensa ug daghang pag-ampo kay mga Grade 8 ra bya among mga players unya ang tournament para sa 17 paubos (We adjusted our defense and prayed a lot since our players are Grade 8 students and we competed in a tournament for 17 years old and below)."

Mosqueda, who has been coaching the team for two years now, said it was their first time to compete in the Milo event and that they are privileged to represent Mindanao to the national finals on October 24 to 26 in Marikina City.

He added the same composition of players will represent Davao City to the Mindanao Qualifying of the Batang Pinoy slated Sept. 10 to 14 in Pagadian City.

"Naka-represent naman mi sa Davraa pero pildi mi kay mga bata pa kaayo mga players. Dili pa ko makaingon kung mag gold pud mi sa Batang Pinoy kay wala pa ta kita sa kalaban. Paningkamotan lang, ampo lang sa Ginoo (We have played in the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet but we lost since the players were so young. We still can't predict a gold win in Batang Pinoy as we haven't seen the other teams yet. We'll strive our best and pray to God)," Mosqueda, a former volleyball player, said.
He admitted that sepak takraw was not his sport while he was a student. Thus, he also adjusted to become an effective sepak takraw coach.

"Interest lang gyud ug tiyaga, willingness pud mu-spend ug extra time ug effort (I put my interest, persevered and spend extra time and effort)."
The team trains two and a half hours every day, during Mondays to Fridays and whole day on Saturdays.

When asked about what it takes to become a champion team, Mosqueda replied: "You should know how to take care of your players as yooung as they are, instilling the value of dedication, determination and hard work. You should also know how to determine an appropriate training program. It takes a lot of sacrifices but with a lot of prayers and the help of the Almighty God everything will be in place."

He thanked their sponsors and supporters Superstar Coconut Products, Maa National High School TLE Dept., teachers and principalFortunato B. Sagayno, sports coordinator Maggie Dimaliglig, Brgy. Capt. Oliva B. Cal, and trainor Yataza.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 17, 2014.

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