DeFour wins Divi to Ha'Penny Time Trial race on St. Croix

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Mark DeFour finished the 9-mile course in 22 minutes and 22 seconds to win the Elite class and finish first overall in the V.I. Cycling Federation's Divi to Ha'Penny Time Trial on Sunday on St. Croix. The mid-season race started in front of Divi Carina Bay Resort - with cyclists beginning in one-minute intervals - and headed down the south shore, ending at the entrance to Ha'Penny beach.

Glenn Massiah was a close second in the Elite class at 22:29, followed by David Parris at 22:33 and Cumba Greaux at 23 minutes flat.

John Harper won the Expert category in 23:48, followed by Clive Parris at 25:02 and Merwin Mills at 25:42.

Melissa Banuelos secured a bid into the Expert category by taking first place in the Sport class in 27:06. She was followed by Ivan Espinosa in 28:46 and Joey Swanson in 29:19.

In the Masters category, Mark Kennedy secured the top spot in 26:50 with Dick Isherwood in second place at 27:11 and Peter Duthie third in 32:01.

The next cycling race is the Frederiksted Road Race on April 14, which offers three distances 16, 24 and 40 miles. For more information, contact

SP&R Coed Softball League

Jelani Walters went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in, which proved to be the difference for Airport/Tutu Park Mall in their win over Fire in Sports, Parks and Recreation Governmental and Industrial Coed Softball League play on Friday night at Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas.

Teammate Ted Fahie went 3-for-3 and Jibri Roberts added another two hits as Airport tallied 11 hits with three errors.

For Fire, losing pitcher Gilbert Henley and Laura Isaac each went 2-for-3 at the plate. The team had 10 hits and three errors.

Kenneth Vanterpool got the win in the circle.

In the second game Friday, both teams collected 11 hits, but WICO/GERS/National Guard was able to eke out a 7-6 win over Health.

Winning pitcher Christopher Berry had two hits and three RBIs. Kareem Henley added two hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning, and Aubrey Haynes Jr. went 3-for-3 at the plate.

James Petty and losing pitcher Cyril Andrews each collected three hits for WICO.

In the third game, Troy Richards hit a solo homer in the second inning as one of his two hits to help UVI defeat Education/Ritz, 6-1. Teammate Malik Webster went 3-for-3, and Tyrell Morton added another two hits to UVI's total of 14.

Roylando Smith and Marlon Richardson each had two hits for Education/Ritz, which totalled 10.

Vernon Jones was the winning pitcher, and Michael Bute was the losing pitcher.

On Thursday, Sean Thompson and Jakoi Percival each hit two-run homers for Native Son/Crown Bay/Da Vybe as they defeated Police/Senate, 10-6. Shawn White added a solo shot in the sixth inning and Andre Peters had two more of Native Son's 10 total hits on the night.

Rasheed Hodge was Police/Senate's top batter, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning. Ivan Williams contributed two hits to Police/Senate's total of seven.

Sheldon Turnbull was the winning pitcher and Derick Greaves got the loss.

In the second game, Levron Sarauw Sr. and winning pitcher Kirk Thomas combined for five hits and five RBIs as SP&R/WMA cruised past FirstBank/Jewelers, 8-1. Leon Martin Jr. went 3-for-4 for SP&R/WMA as they totalled 12 hits.

Franklin Mercado drove in the only run for FirstBank/Jewelers, and he joined Roger Browne and Edgar Hernandez as they each posted two hits for the team's total six hits in the game.

Lorne Victoria got the loss in the circle.

WAPA/PWD won the third game Thursday night, 3-2, over Innovative/Home Depot/UPS. Colville White and Steve Parris each had two of WAPA/PWD's nine hits.

Innovative's four hits were contributed by Kemo Simeon, Clifton Franklin, Timothy Brewer and Weston Matthew.

Allan Brown was the winning pitcher and Dexter Freeman was the losing pitcher.

On March 20, Jelani Walters and Keshawn Benjamin each drove in two runs while combining for five of Airport/Tutu Park Mall's 11 hits as they defeated Innovative, 9-8. Walters' two RBI came on a homer in the first inning.

Clifton Franklin and Kemo Simeon each went 2-for-3 for Innovative as the team had 10 hits.

Kenneth Vanterpool got the win in the circle, while Dexter Freeman took the loss.

The second game of the night saw Native Son use its home run stroke to defeat Education/Ritz, 9-3. Andre Peters hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, followed by a two-run shot by Sheldon Turnbull. Add in Akim Hyman's three-run homer in the sixth, and you have the margin of victory for Native Son.

Turnbull had four RBI's, while joining Hyman, Peters and Jakoi Percival with two hits apiece of Native Son's 10 total hits.

Education/Ritz had seven hits, led by Lloyd Jackson with two.

Robert Boschulte Sr. was the winning pitcher, and Michael Bute was the losing pitcher.

In the third game, Kirk Thomas had three hits and three RBIs as he helped SP&R/WMA beat WICO/GERS/National Guard, 10-2.

Leroy Thomas, Zena Williams and Levron Sarauw Jr. each had two hits for SP&R as the team tallied 13 hits. Williams also drove in two runs.

Kareem Henley was WICO's top batter with two of their nine hits.

Lenora Ritter got the win and John Narcisse took the loss.

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