Vibes lead St. Thomas soccer standings

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ST. THOMAS - The Positive Vibes added to their lead in the USVI Soccer Association's St. Thomas Region's League standings with a 3-1 win over Laraza on Nov. 27 at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Amon Bascombe scored first for Positive Vibes and Carlos Claxton scored on a header to give his team a 2-0 lead at the half. An own goal put Laraza on the board, but Richard Allen gave Positive Vibes breathing room with a solo run in the 66th minute.

Later in the evening, New Vibes beat Togetherness, 2-0. Marlon Wilton scored in the ninth minute and Brian Charlery scored on a penalty kick late in the second half.

On Thursday, Raymix beat HT Victory, 1-0, thanks to a Vivian Florent penalty kick late in the match. In the evening's earlier match, Togetherness beat Waitikubuli, 3-1. Tito Lewis scored twice and Shanley Jno Charles also scored. Oriel Miller scored Waitikubuli's lone goal.

The standings through Thursday's matches: Positive Vibes 35 points, New Vibes 23, Laraza 18, Togetherness 17.

Youth swimming

The St. Thomas Stingrays and St. Croix Dolphins swim teams competed at the Campeonates de Piscina Corta, a short-course championship meet, on Saturday and Sunday. The teams joined 27 Puerto Rican squads and 764 total competitors at San Juan Natatorium.

USVI swimmers qualified with marks established by the Puerto Rican Swimming Federation, but competed as exhibition swimmers because the meet serves as a Puerto Rican championship.

The Dolphins brought 19 swimmers and the Stingrays added 16 to represent the territory. Fourteen Stingrays made their international meet debuts.

Three boys and one girl from the Dolphins, and one of the team's boys relay squads broke records.

In the 11-12 age group, Webster Bozzo broke the 100-meter record at 1:10.80, and the 200-meter record at 2:26.97, which qualified him in the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) championships.

Teammate Tony Hendricks broke four records in the 13-14 age group. He swam 30.01 in the 50-meter backstroke, 34.79 in the 50-meter breaststroke, and 2:20.55 in the 200-meter backstroke. The latter record was previously held by Olympic swimmer Branden Whitehurst.

Victor Torres set a record in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.44. His time beat a mark set by George Gleason in 1996. Torres set another record in the 50-meter backstroke (28.28) and qualified for three events at the CARIFTA meet.

Bozzo teamed with Kenny Wilson, Daniel Garriga-Cerni and Jonathan Thomas to break the 11-12 age group's 200-meter freestyle relay record in 1:59.34.

Caylee Watson of the Dolphins set three territory records in the girls 15-17 age group. She swam 1:07.62 in the 100-meter butterfly, 31.63 in the 50-meter backstroke and 2:30.34 in the 200-meter backstroke.

Sasha Klein of the Stingrays set two territory records in the 11-12 age group. She swam 39.52 in the 50-meter breaststroke and 1:17.26 in the 100-meter individual medley. Klein qualified for CARIFTA in the 50-meter backstroke in 34.40.

Teammate Portia Norkaitis qualified for CARIFTA in the 50-meter breaststroke (36.20) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:20.24), where she set a territory record previously held by Jamie Shufflebarger in 2002.

Stingrays boys Jalin Sturdivant and Shaw Clements set personal bests. Sturdivant dropped 13 seconds off his time in the 15-16 age group's 200-meter breaststroke.

The V.I. Swimming Federation Short Course Championship is Dec. 15 and 16 at the Red Hook Swimming Center on St. Thomas. For more information contact the Dolphins at 719-7946 or the Stingrays at 779-7872.

St. John Racquet Club Junior Tennis Tournament

The following championship results are from last week's Junior Tennis Tournament on St. John.

8 and under boys: Kadan Hughes def. Brad Robinson; 8 and under girls: Lily de Leon def. Diara Parson; 10 and under boys: Luca Hotze def. Xaver Richardson; 10 and under girls: Gabrielle Boschulte def. Lily de Leon; 12 and under boys: Sky Moraino def. Kevin Hughes; 12 and under girls: Taylor Robinson def. Britany Leonard; 14 and under boys: Tomas del Olmo def. Jevon Henry; 16 and under boys: Wilbur Williams def. Jordan Lawrence; 18 exhibition doubles boys: Luca del Olmo/Jordan Lawrence def. Wilbur Williams/Daniel Knot; Sportsmanship awards: Luca del Olmo, Tomas del Olmo and Julian Van den Driessche.

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or

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