JUMPSTART DC spikers win BPinoy openers, rains force re-sked of athletics

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte– Rains did not dampen the spirits of Mindanao’s next generation sports stars as hostilities went full blast in the 2019 Batang Pinoy Mindanao Finals on Monday morning.

BATANG PINOY PARADE. Davao City athletes led by spiker Irina Glenne Escandor (right), daughter of Presidential Adviser for Sports Glenn Escandor, march in during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Batang Pinoy Mindanao Finals at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City. 

The much-anticipated search for the first gold medal of the meet that supposed to come from the medal-rich athletics at the track oval of the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex was moved instead to Thursday, February 7 thus putting the medal race on a slow pace.

However, other individual events played indoors like taekwondo and boxing got off as scheduled along with all team events.

Despite the cold weather, Davao City’s volleyball squad showed too much firepower to open their campaign on a high note in beach volleyball and indoor volleyball held in different venues.

Heavy downpour at the Beach Volleydrome failed to slow down the pair of Jayrad Adeva and Billie Aldama from scoring their first win against Sultan Kudarat 21-18, 21-11, in the boys beach volleyball.

On the same venue, April Joy Locaberte and Khalia Sinsuat of Davao City scored a lopsided 21-7, 21-15 win over Sto. Tomas in the girls beach volleyball.

Over at the University of Mindanao (UM) Tagum Gym, the Davao City volleybelles drew first blood in the girl’s indoor volleyball at the expense of Davao Oriental 25-18, 25-12.

Coached by D’Artagnan Yambao and Henry Labio, the Davao City’s girls team leaned on the outstanding performances of Irina Glenne Escandor, Johanna Gerona Alcuizar, Katharina Charlize Espero, Rosmar Jelin Evangelio, Jana Eadrea Igna, Cahre Ishel Nablea, Khey Aleck Pablo, Marian Karylle Lupaz, Jaben David, Rika Sasaki, Allexa Mae Quilaton and Alshaila Noro to jumpstart their bid for the gold medal.