James Adderley’s World of Sports

Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

Folks let’s jump into the 2nd Annual Senior Karate Championships which was staged at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall yesterday. We pick up the action in the 75 kilo Male Kumite as Leon Guild with the blue belt lands the back-kick on Deon Vernon and then follows up to score repeatedly with punches and kicks to claim gold at this weight class while Vernon has to settle for 2nd. As you can see the judges scores it 7 to 2 in favour of Guild in this hand to hand combat. In the meantime, Anderson Partillo who also boxes for the Leopold Smart Boxing Gym was able to garner 3rd place.

The 84 kilogram Male Kumite matched Argazauad Sankey of Red Dragon with BMAA’s Gary Pech and it’s Sankey the aggressor who scores repeatedly with the hands. Sankey then lands this clean right foot to the jaw of Pech. Sankey wins in a lopsided 12 to 2 score. At 60 kilograms, it’s Miiguel Ramirez of CSKC against Red Dragon’s Reynier Martinez in an evenly matched bout; but it’s Miguel Ramirez with the red beet who gets the edge in a 9-8 decision. At the 67 Kilo weight class, John Reyes of Sand Hill seems to be in charge of this fight in the early goings and even takes down Anthony Lord of BMAA. However, the smaller fighter displays a dogged determination forcing Reyes to retreat and he has to grab his man in self defence. The judges give Anthony Lord the Win in a 10-5 score.

On the female side, the 61 Kilos Kumite proved to be a lively one between Nerici Pastor and Myra Fernandez. Fernandez attacks with the foot and pays for it as Pastor reacts. Fernandez is game but Pastor groves to be too much to handle and it’s Nerici Pastor with the gold. Nerici Pastor also struck for gold in the K-5 female advance kata. Asha Pastor settles for 2nd place in the non-contact event, while Myra Pinelo rounds out the top 3 in the kata event. Meanwhile, Rafael Quiterio is smiling and he has good reason because this performance gives him gold in the K-2 male novice kata. Gary Pech does enough here to take home silver. While Miguel Ramirez has to settle for 3rd place. .

Folks Angel Lopez of Dangriga displays poise and skill as he handily takes gold in the K-6 male advanced kata. John Reyes of Sand Hill does enough in his term to grab silver and Leon Guild took home bronze in this class of the kata event.

Turning to the cycling scene, we reminded you fans that the 2012 edition of the Valentine’s Day Classic is set for February 12th so stay tuned. At this time we want to applaud the launching of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation tomorrow at the Radisson Fort George. It will help the community in education and it pays homage to the memory of the departed cyclist.

Now let’s head to Roger’s Stadium where the 4 team Belize City Interoffice Softball Competition saw Telemedia eliminate the police in a 13-3 rout. The rout starts in the 1st inning when Omar Gordon’s rips Police pitcher Leonora Morales with this monstrous solo blast. In the bottom of the 3rd, Telemedia pitcher Francis Usher smashed by Japhet Young to bring home 2 runs but it wasn’t enough, Luis Alpushe then pounces on Leonora Morales as 3 more runs come in for Telemedia who go on to post the 13-3 victory as Francis Usher gets the win and the police has to pack up.

In the other play off match, Education stepped on Kit Kat Baaba Shap in a 12-2 finish that saw Joel Wade get the win over Jimoko Castro who was beaten by his own wildness. Thus Telemedia and Kit Kat Baaba Shap will battle today at Roger’s Stadium to determine who meets Education for the title. The loser takes 3rd place.

Finally folks, the Women’s Softball Championship gets underway at Roger’s Stadium from August 24th to 26th and will be dedicated to the National Team that captured Gold in the 7th Central American and Caribbean Games in 1974. To the Softball Federation we say good move.

Jah Over All, I’m James Adderley.