Dizon bags 18-U, 16-U titles in Davao jr tennis

The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 08 2012 04:52 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2012 12:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Davao’s Jenni Dizon clinched the 18 and 16-and-under girls’ singles titles in the Davao leg of the fourth Smart-Head junior national tennis age-group satellite Circuit yesterday at the GSIS tennis courts in Davao City.

Showing her potentials as a future national junior player, Dizon, 14, upset third seed Nikkirey Arandia, 7-5, 7-5, to win the girls’ 18-and-under crown of the tournament participated in by 180 age groupers.

She also showed her class in the girls’ 16-under class where she toppled top seed Jzash Canja, 6-2, 3-6, 10-2, to win the title of the first leg supported by Smart, Head, Chris Sports, Meralco, Maynilad and Toalson.

“I’m so happy to win my first leg title here and not one but two titles,” said Dizon, who is hoping to duplicate the same feat when she competes in the second leg in Koronadal City April 9-12.

In the boys’ 18-and-under singles, unheralded Joel Cabusas whacked Nico Lanzado, 6-2, 6-2, to gain the crown in the country’s only national junior tennis national tournament supported by Smart Sports and Philippine Tennis Association.

Fourth seed Jan Jerric Accion whipped second seed Jeleardo Amazona, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5, to take home the boys’ 16-and-under singles title, while John Bryan Otico crushed Christian Fel Lopez, 6-4, 3-6, 11-9, for the boys’ 14 singles crown.

Other Davao champions were Maria Dominique Ong (14-under), Kristin Salimbangon (12-under), Hakeem Duma Bolto (12-under) and Mark Alfred Directo (unisex 10-under).

The girls’ doubles champions were Nikkirey Arandia and Jzash Candia (18-under) and Trina Factora and Khrizzan Dumlao (14-under), while the champions in boys’ doubles were Emer Cariga and Joel Cabusas (18-under).

Mark Alfred Directo and Hahan Abdul Cariga won the unisex 10-and-under crown.

Ynares appoints Herrera Rizal province coach
(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Rizal Gov. Casimiro Ynares III has appointed five-time Batang PBA champion coach Mark Herrera as mentor of the Rizal province squad for the Batang PBA basketball season, which starts April 24.

Herrera, head coach and head of the basketball program of the AMA Computer University, currently coaches the Phl 13-Under team.

“It’s a great honor to be personally selected by Gov. Ynares for the provincial team and I’m excited to be part of this organization,” said Herrera.

“There’s some pressure continuing my winning streak (of five straight titles) in the Jr. PBA but we shall try our best. I believe in my players, who all have the potential and are hardworking and dedicated,” added Herrera, who will be assisted by Eugene Bautista, Edwin Ancheta, Wilson Lagaras and Vani Jugo .