ILONGGO student-athletes dominated major games in the 2019 Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on March 6.
Ilonggos captured the championship title in athletics event after Western Institute of Technology (WIT) mainstay Ezel Divinagracia bagged two gold medals in 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, before finishing the 4×400- and 4×100-meter relay with silver medals.
Abigail Faye Odelmo added gold medals in 3,000- and 5,000-meter run – tertiary women’s category. She also received a silver in the 4×400-meter relay.
Jhoanna Rose Sajoñia finished with gold in javelin throw, and silver in long jump and triple jump, while Celeste Marie bagged a gold medal in 3,000 walkathon.
Caryl Mae Tocino harvested two silvers medals in discus throw and shot put. Jessa Fe Porras and Sarah Melliza also had silver medals in high jump, while Angel Yulo settled for bronze in 800-meter dash.
Meanwhile, Iloilo volleyball teams also salvaged the crown in the tertiary level. In the men’s division, Ilonggos represented by Central Philippine University (CPU) Golden Lions walloped Negros Occidental in three straight set, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22.
The women’s tertiary team also completed the double celebration after snatching the gold medal at the expense of Negros Occidental.
ILOPRISAA enjoyed the twice-to-beat advantage in the finals, but the Negrenses forced a decider after upsetting Iloilo in Game 1. But Iloilo made sure to bring home the crown in the rubber match.
NEGRENSES SALVAGE MEDALS
Negros Occidental also had their share of medals in the games.
The Negros Occidental Private School Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) team ruled the secondary athletics after Antonette Jay Aguillon, Krisha Dedoyco Aguillon, Hannah Jandra Boteros Delotavo, and Bea Delotavo captured gold in the secondary girls’ 4×100 meter relay.
The Aguillons, Boteros Delotavo and May Therese Gula, settled for silver in the 4×400 meter relay event.
Jaden Gil Rivera won a silver in the 800-meter event and bronze in the 3000-meter event, while Joshua Brian Santander took home the bronze in the 800-meter event.
Meanwhile, it was a scintillating finals game in the tertiary men’s basketball between Iloilo and Negros.
The score was tied at 55-all midway in the fourth quarter. But Jeff Manday of Negros went berserk in the shaded area in the dying seconds of the game to escape Iloilo, 66-63.
The Bacolod City native, who was drafted by the Che’lu Bar and Grill Revellers in the 2018 PBA Developmental League, was named Most Valuable Player.
In the secondary boys’ basketball, Capiz pounded Negros in the gold medal clash, 80-75.