ST. THOMAS - The first half of Thursday's St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association boys basketball game at Antilles School showed the host Hurricanes and the rival All Saints Cathedral Vikings were on a level playing field.
The second half showed Antilles had a young lineup - and young player - that could push the program to new heights in the coming years.
Sophomore guard Kellani Lettsome helped the Hurricanes take control of a 41-31 victory by dominating the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer to spark a 12-0 run and igniting the hosts' tough defensive pressure as the lead mounted.
With titles at stake this weekend in Virgin Islands high school basketball grudge matches, bragging rights might take a step back in order of importance when the rivals collide.
The public high schools on St. Thomas will meet in a doubleheader tonight, and then the St. Croix pair of public schools will meet Saturday night as rivalry weekend is upon us.
The girls will get things started tonight at Charlotte Amalie High School as the Hawks will host Ivanna Eudora Kean High School at 5 p.m.
UVI men hosting a pair of weekend hoops games
ST. THOMAS - The University of the Virgin Islands men's basketball team will close its regular season this weekend with a pair of home games.
Coach Ryan Skinner's team is seeking its first win at 6 tonight in its ninth game. It takes on Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.
Then, the Buccaneers will close the regular season with a 6 p.m. Saturday game against Central Bayamon.
Bridget Klein won the Flight 64 4-mile race Sunday in St. Croix, crossing the line first at Route 64 near the Rohlsen Airport in 25 minutes and 5 seconds.
It was Klein's third road race win of the year for women, and her second where she crossed the line first.
Klein led from the start, although Randall Nielsen kept pace for the first mile.
Ivan Espinosa finished strong for second place at 27:49.
Nielsen finished third at 28:51; Patrick Kralik was fourth at 29:30; John Harper was fifth in 33:22; and Corinne Farinola was sixth in 35:16.
Two U.S. Virgin Islands runners are out to prove this weekend that their Achilles' heel - or biggest weakness - is no longer the Achilles tendon.
Both Laverne Jones-Ferrette and Tabarie Henry had heel injuries last year coming off the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games that derailed their 2013 seasons.
Now, on a track and field world stage again this weekend at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, both said this week they are in good health for a strong showing.
St. Thomas sailor Ann Marie Hoffman and St. John sailor Steve Crumrine were flying to St. Maarten on Wednesday night to join the rest of the crew from the yacht Wild T'ing to race in the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to be held this weekend.
Wild T'ing, captained by St. Thomas resident Lawrence Aqui, captured a second-place finish last year in the regatta and is looking for another podium finish.