By CYRUS M. GARDEBACOLOD City — Eliminations for the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. Cup open boxing tournament in the 2nd and 1st districts will be on Sept. 6 to 7 and Sept. 9 to 11, respectively.Cadiz City will host the 2nd District eliminations at the Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center, while San Carlos will host the 1st District’s.The 2nd District is composed of Cadiz City, Sagay City and Manapla, while the 1st District by San Carlos City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, and Salvador Benedicto. Last year 1st District was the overall champion during the Marañon Cup in La Carlota City, while Cadiz placed second runner-up.Candoni hosted the 6th District eliminations on Aug. 9 to 10.Elimination winners will represent their districts in the finals on Oct. 8 to 12 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports Center as part of the MassKara Festival.Eight-division world champion and Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the guest of honor.To supervise the tournament is Angel “Nonong” Verdeflor, provincial sports coordinator and president of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Inc. – Western Visayas.Hundreds of boxers will vie for the title in various weight categories in the tournament being organized by the Office of the Governor./PN
Lae-based players Russell Stafford and Marx Boussougou have signed up with the new kids on the block in PNG Premier Men’s Basketball League, Digaso Hornbills. Stafford, one of the top players in the country, has been overlooked on numerous occasions for the national duties. Twenty-year-old Boussougou’s signing with the Hornbills will enable him to compete in the elite competition and drive him to become one of the best players in future. “Certainly, there are a lot of talents out there in the rural district as well as in other centers apart from Port Moresby. Russell has so far played two games with Hornbills and is one of our top players,” said Hornbill’s assistant coach Dr Benjamin Haindapa. After leaving basketball for while and on returning to Port Moresby for employment, Stafford was overwhelmed by the performance of Hornbills against Exodus on Saturday that saw the Hornbills beat Exodus 71-60. Stafford will use his free time to help Hornbills and given his athletism, he is certain to rise and claim his spot in the 2019 Pacific Games squad, something every player is fighting for. From Butibam in Lae, Morobe Province, Stafford is no stranger to basketball, following the footstep of his uncles as well as his dad, Casey Stafford. Hornbills head coach Bernard Elavo also confirmed the signing of another Lae-based youngster Boussougou. “Boussougou standing at a 180cm, and at the age of 20, will be a lethal weapon for the team. Certainly the sky is the limit for both Stafford and Boussougou,” said Dr Haindapa. “We have other players from Kutubu, Lae and Erave yet to join the team. We are also appealing to all Southern Highlanders, Morobeans and people from Hela to come and support Hornbills,” the assistant coach said. Hornbills face another uphill battle tomorrow night when the face Moni Plus at 6pm at the TAC. “We urge all our supporters to come and support the game this Thursday (tomorrow),” Elavo said. The gate fees for the adults are at K5 while student with ID is K3 and kids K2.
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Shatford will start his post-secondary pathway in the Millwright/Machinist Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus and then plans to enrol in the School of Business Administration for his second year at Selkirk College.“I hope to help the Saints get the BCIHL Championship back,” says Shatford. “I play a high energy, physical game and love to win. I can’t wait to suit up for the Saints this season and next.”Last season, Freed played in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) for the Temiscaming Titans where he led his team in scoring with 44 goals and 56 assists in only 35 games.“Rylan is a player that we feel has an exceptional upside, he brings more than 180 games of junior A experience and with that a deep knowledge of what it takes to succeed,” says Heaven. “We expect Rylan to be able to help bolster the Saints offense, while increasing the level of compete within our group.”Freed will be begin his post-secondary in the School of Business Administration on the Castlegar Campus.“The reason I chose Selkirk College was mainly because the college was very welcoming, they were understanding with the program I was interested in taking and were interested in helping me with my future,” says Freed, who plays centre. “On the ice, I look forward to bringing some speed and offense along with a good two-way game because everything starts from your defensive zone.”The Saints made it to the BCIHL championship series this past spring, but were defeated by the Trinity Western University Spartans. Winners of four championships in a row between 2013 and 2016, the team is looking to return the provincial title to the West Kootenay this coming season. The Saints training camp starts in September. The Selkirk College Saints will welcome a pair of proven offensive threats when the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season begins in September.With the departure of offensive powerhouse Dallas Calvin, a priority on head coach Brent Heaven’s off-season to-do list is to find players to help fill the gap for the 2018-2019 season. The Saints’ coach will be looking to Nova Scotia native Josh Shatford and Saskatchewan native Rylan Freed to help carry the offensive weight in the upcoming season.“Josh is a highly skilled player with over 250 games of experience between junior A and the major junior level,” says Heaven. “He plays with an edge and has a strong hockey IQ, which helps his offensive flare. We feel that he will be able to step in and contribute at both ends of the ice immediately for the Saints.”Last season, Shatford played in the Sask West Hockey League (SWHL) where he scored 26 goals in 19 games, added 21 assists and compiled 95 penalty minutes.“I chose Selkirk College because I heard great things from guys who have played there,” says Shatford, who also spent time in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). “Selkirk College has a great and storied hockey program, and can offer me the training I was looking for in an awesome environment.”
Stunt performer Carl Fortin, with moves that defy gravity, is bringing his unique skill set of martial arts, parkour and acrobatics to Nelson on August 24 for workshops at Kootenay Martial Arts’ new studio.Fortin starred in one of the world’s first viral parkour videos and has appeared as a stunt performer in more than 30 films and television shows, including Deadpool 2, The Descendants 2, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Arrow and Resident Evil.“As well as doing a lot of stunt work in the movie industry, Carl and his wife Serenarun a martial arts school in Squamish with an emphasis on ninja-type training and extensive advanced gymnastics moves,” said Master Dean Siminoff, owner of Kootenay Martial Arts. “They will be instructing the workshops, and our black belts will be assisting them throughout the day as well as learning new methods for our own curriculum.” “We emphasize confidence, leadership skills and dedication through the discipline of taekwondo, no matter what age you are, and Carl is such a good role model for where this training can take you,” Siminoff added. “He started his martial arts training in taekwondo when he was five years old and has achieved so much since then.”The workshops will be a mix of martial arts stunts, creative movement with acrobatics, martial arts trick kicks, parkour and breakdancing in a safe and controlled environment.“We are hosting the event all day to enable parents to drop off their children for the entire work day. All are welcome from age six and up to teen and adults. Anyone who wants to learn safe and thrilling ninja-type moves is welcome to attend. Let your inner Ninja out,” Siminoff says.Watch Fortin’s demo video to get an idea of his amazing abilities. To register, contact email@example.comKootenay Martial Arts (KMA) is the largest professional martial arts center in the Kootenays and now has a permanent home with one of the largest and best equipped facilities in BC. Owner Dean Siminoff is the only 6th Degree Black Belt in the Kootenays and one of only 144 in Canada. KMA is a member of the USCDKA and WTF and has more than 20 qualified instructors.