Zambo athletes stand out in 2014 Palarong Pambansa PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:12

Zamboangueno athletes who joined the region’s delegation to the 2014 Palarong Pambansa stood out in their indiviual sports disciplines that harvested medals for the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) during the 7-day sports hostilities in Laguna.

ZPRAA’s medal standing is 5 silver and 9 bronze medals over all. Of the total medals, elementary boys contributed 1 a silver medal each in arnis and in athletics and 3 bronze medals in taekwondo; elementary girls shared 1 bronze in tennis; secondary boys harvested a silver medal each in athletics and in boxing, 3 bronze in archery and 1 bronze in taekwondo while the secondary girls contributed 1 silver in athletics and 1 bronze in table tennis.

Acting City Schools Superintendent Pete Natividad said Zamboangueno athletes excelled in their performance among which was Archer Von Rigor Macasa of Talisayan National High School, a first-time Palarong Pambansa player, who garnered 3 bronze medals for the region.

Macasa hauled a bronze medal each in the 40 meter-distance, 60 meter-distance and single FITA in the archery competition for secondary boys. “Macasa gave a very good impression of winning bronze medals for Zamboanga Peninsula Region, a pride of Zamboanga City,” Natividad said.

ZPRAA also won a bronze medal in the basketball elementary boys department during a decision game versus Region 3 with a score of 76-64—the first time ever for the delegation to reach the top 4 and garnered 3rd place.

The basketball team was composed of ZC athletes mostly from PRISAA and 2 from other divisions and was coached by Bodivick de los Santos. Miguel Sahali, jersey #9 from ADZU was selected as Best Small Forward in the Mythical 5 Selection.

Meanwhile, in the demonstration sports represented by Zamboanga City, athletes in gymnastics and billiard were standouts.

Cayenne Lauren Bathan of Pilar College (Elementary division) won a gold medal each in the floor exercise, single bar, vault and IAA and a silver medal in the balance beam.  Bathan’s category is under Gymnastics (WAG) for 7-9 years old.

Cheska Centeno of Tetuan Central School is a gold medallist in both the 8-ball and 9-ball billiard under the elementary-girls department while Louie Buenaflor of Curuan National High School was a silver medallist in the 8-ball billiard secondary for boys category.

Mayor Beng Climaco and some members of the City Council joined the Zamboanga athletes during the opening program of the national games in Laguna last Monday, May 5. — Sheila Covarrubias