CAHS girls suffer loss in P.R. hoops tourney opener

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Renai Evans scored a game-high 19 points for the Charlotte Amalie High School Lady Hawks basketball team, but it wasn't enough on Thursday night as they fell to Puerto Rico's ECEDAD team, 42-39, in their opener in the Puerto Rico Hoops Championship.

Sherelle George was second on the team with six points. Elondra Cintron led ECEDAD with 10 points.

Earlier in the day, the Lady Hawks played a srimmage against St. John's high school, from D.C., and lost, 59-23. St. John's came into the scrimmage as the 10th ranked girls high school team in the nation.

Evans again led CAHS in scoring with 12 points.

The Lady Hawks were playing Thursday without head coach Myron Corbett, who was recently hospitalized, and without top scorers Edidiong Utibe and Renique Francis, who are both sidelined with injuries.

The CAHS boys team begins play in the tournament at 9 a.m. today against the host team, San Benitez (P.R.).

USVI Soccer Association's St. Thomas Region's League

The St. Thomas Region's League leaders, Positive Vibes, continued their winning ways by defeating Waitikubuli, 2-0, in Tuesday night action at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

The Vibes' Dexter Tescheira used his height advantage to score a header from a Richard Allen corner to give his team a 1-0 lead at the 30-minute mark. The second goal came 10 minutes into the second half when Allen scored on a solo run.

Action resumed Thursday when Togetherness faced HT Victory. The league will take a four-week break with action resuming on Jan. 17.

St. Croix Development Track Meet had 16 records

On Saturday, the first Development Track and Field Meet for all comers was held at St. Croix Educational Complex High. Nearly 60 young athletes came out and represented their club and school, setting 16 meet records in events ranging from the 60 meters to 300 meters, and in throwing events, all the meet records were broken.

"Our athletes have demonstrated a vast interest in track and field," said Keith Smith, track and field coach at Educational Complex and V.I. national team coach. "The running events were well contested between the different schools/clubs. Most of these athletes are young and coming in to the sport. There were athletes from the V.I. Pace Runners, The St. Croix Track Club, three high schools, one junior high and two elementary schools. As meet director, I truly enjoyed the variety of athletes and schools/clubs that came to this event."

Perhaps the most exciting race was the 600 meters, the longest race of the day with the Under 17 and Open divisions running together. Juan Robles, a senior for Turabo University in Puerto Rico, a graduate of Central High School and CARIFTA medal winner in the 3,000 meters, opted to do a track workout instead of the Cane Bay 5Mile earlier in the day.

Running for the V.I. Pace Runners, he stayed on the heels of Malique Smith, a freshman at Educational Complex and member of the St. Croix Track Club. Smith took the winning spot for the Under 17 in 1:25.51 to set a meet record. Robles took the Open title with in 1:26.41, which was also a meet record. Malik Delrish (1:41.84) and Elijah Delrish (1:43.98) from Freewill Baptist School finished second and third.

In the Boys Under 13 600 meters, Valance Modeste of the St. Croix Track Club and Ricardo Richards School held off Jerimah Delrish of Freewill Baptist School to win in 1:50.83, Delrish was second in 1:51.24. The two would go to battle again in the 300 meters with Delrish winning in 46:80, followed by Modeste in 47:60. These two set meet records in these two events.

Females having strong performances included age group winners Nia Jack, of Complex and the 2011 CARIFTA team, who set meet records in the 300 meters (41.28) and the 60 meters (7:13). Fellow CARIFTA and Complex teammate Britney Sage also performed well in multiple events. Ashley Paddie of Complex and the St. Croix Track Club set a meet record in the 600 meters in 1:50.61. Mikaela Smith of the SCTC set a meet record in the 600 meters in 1:58.64, and her younger sister Michelle won the 300 meters (1:02.86) and the 60 meters (10.28). Kyle Cornelius of Central High won the open 300 meters in 41.52.

Field event winners in age groups included Bradly Cabon of Complex and the SCTC in the shot put and javelin; Keosha Quin of Complex and the SCTC in the javelin, and Lyla Brown of Complex and the SCTC in the shot put.

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