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The 1970s showcased speed demon Turner

There is a long list of speed merchants of Bahamian baseball. In the early decades, players like Tyrone McGregor, Lou Adderley and Basil 'Slick' Burrows set the pace on the base paths during Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) games.
The 1970s however produced a special set of artists, skilled in getting from first to second, to third and home plate very quickly. It was a fearless lot, those speedsters trotted out by the top teams. Roosevelt 'Bruso' Turner of Del Jane (the organization known at times also as St. Pauli Girls Barons and Holsten Knights) was arguably the best. Turner also played for Beck's Beer.
He won the league scoring titles from 1972 to 1978 with the exception of the one year, 1977. In winning his six scoring titles, the first two for Beck's, Turner hit the 50 runs scored mark four times, his highest being 55 in 1975 for Del Jane. He had 50 in 1972 for Beck's, 53 in 1976 for Holsten Knights and 54 in 1978, also for Holsten.
However, his Holsten teammate Eddie Ford scored 58 in 1977. That mark is considered to be the all-time record. Jayson Moxey won the runs scored title in 1971 with 19 and Anthony Smith won in 1970 with 15. In the stolen bases department, Turner again separated himself from his peers. He won four stolen bases crowns (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977). His 48 in 1972 is thought to be a record.
The 1970s also produced two pure speed specialists. The Schlitz Beer Franchise (also 100 Pipers and Bahamian Lumber) sort of took a page out of the book of Charlie Finley who owned the Oakland Athletics of the American League. Finley who was known for novelty tactics, once signed a track star named Herb Washington, just to steal bases. Washington never had an at-bat or played anywhere in the field. He was called into the game exclusively to pinch-run. Washington's career did not last too long because he had no baseball background.
During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 times. He was never a big factor and Finley soon got tired of the exploration and let Washington go. Schlitz though, had Gordon Farrington and Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts. They were different from Washington. Both Farrington and Roberts understood baseball.
Nevertheless, they were asked primarily to generate runs by stealing bases. It was an exciting time when they reached first base. Everybody in the park knew they were going to attempt a steal of second and if they got there, it was a try for third. They made for an added dimension of excitement to the 1970s.
Then of course, there were the regular starters around the league with speed, players like Jayson Moxey, Richard Lockhart, Eddie Ford, Lorenzo Lockhart, Ron Smith and Anthony Huyler. None of them were as successful however, as Turner. He was the biggest threat on base. Indeed, Roosevelt Turner was the speed king of Bahamian baseball in the 1970s. The statistics indicate as much.
Milestone statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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Mathieu runs fastest time by a Bahamian this year in 400m

When one thinks of Bahamian athletes who have excelled in all three sprints in track and field, names like Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President Mike Sands and International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) Council member Pauline Davis-Thompson come to mind.
However, even they probably weren't able to do it like at the pace that is presently being produced by Grand Bahamian Michael Mathieu. In one short week, the new national record holder in the men's 200 meters (m) has either tied or set personal best times in all three sprints - the 100m, 200m and the 400m. He accomplished the latter yesterday, finishing first in the men's 400m at the fourth leg of the Brazilian Athletics Tour, in Uberlândia. Mathieu ran a stunning personal best time of 45.06 seconds to easily win the men's 400m, breaking the stadium record of 46.02 seconds.
It was his third victory in a week, as he took the 200m at the second leg of the Brazilian Athletics Tour, in Belem, last Sunday, and then followed that up with a first place finish in the men's 100m at the third leg of the Brazilian Athletics Tour, in Fortaleza, last Wednesday. Mathieu ran a national record setting time of 20.16 seconds in the 200m last Sunday, and tied a personal best time of 10.30 seconds in the 100m last Wednesday. His previous personal best in the 400m was 45.17 seconds, done at the Beijing Olympic Games four years ago, and his previous personal best in the 200m was 20.38 seconds.
As for his run in the 400m, it was the fastest time turned in by a Bahamian quartermiler this year. National record holder Chris Brown ran 45.14 seconds in the Cayman Islands last week, and just this past weekend, National Champion Demetrius Pinder galloped to a first place finish at the 6th Ponce Grand Prix, in Puerto Rico, in 45.15 seconds.
In Mathieu's race on Sunday, Brazilian Anderson Freitas Henriques was a distant second, in 45.74 seconds, and American Greg Nixon finished third, in 45.77 seconds. In Pinder's race, on Saturday, American Manteo Mitchell was second, in 45.28 seconds, and IAAF World Indoor Champion Nery Brenes, from Costa Rica, finished third, in 45.51 seconds.
Veteran Chandra Sturrup also competed in the Ponce Grand Prix, in Puerto Rico, on Saturday, and finished sixth in her heat of the women's 100m, and 12th overall, in 11.87 seconds.
Also competing this past weekend, at the first Samsung Diamond League Meet of the season, were high jumpers Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas. They finished tied for fifth in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, with identical leaps of 2.27m (7' 5-1/4"). Dimítrios Chondrokoúkis won that event with a leap of 2.32m (7' 7-1/4"), American World Champion Jesse Williams finished second with a best jump of 2.30m (7' 6-1/2"), and Mickael Hanany, from France, finished third with the same height as Williams. Samson Oni, from Great Britain, was fourth, clearing the same height as Barry and Thomas.

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'Reno' gets 2nd straight win

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

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Taureano 'Reno' Johnson has picked up his seventh straight victory. But he had to go to the scoreboards for the second win Saturday in Hollywood, Florida.

Fighting on the undercard at the Westlin Diplomat Resort, Johnson won by decision over Brazil's Edvan Dos Santos Barros in identical scores of 60-54 on all three judges' cards for the triumph.

"I'm getting much more comfortable in the ring," said the 28-year-old Johnson, who is now under new management that has him fighting at least every two to three weeks.

"In fact, I'm there. I'm back to where I should be. I didn't come out ...

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Rooster's announces 'Loving Myself Fridays' with Club Solex!

Freeport, Bahamas -
You work hard all week, so you deserve to play hard on the weekends! 
Rooster's Sports Bar announces their

Loving Myself Fridays!

Join us to party at Club Solex at Rooster's, Grand Bahama largest sports bar. We open at 4pm and go until...

DJ starts at 8pm. Enjoy our awesome multiple bars and big screens, glow pool tables, great music, and great food.

We have buckets of beer on special and all your favourite mix drinks or wines...

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Giants looking to win third straight NPBA title

For the Commonwealth Bank Giants, the mission to three straight New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Championships moves into high gear tomorrow night.
The Giants are expected to play in the feature game when the much anticipated playoffs get underway tomorrow night at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. For Head Coach Perry 'Color' Thompson, it's going to be business as usual. He's confident that once his boys come out there and execute like they normally do, they would have no problems with their first round opponent, the Y'Cares Wreckers.
"We're confident but we're not over-confident," said Thompson yesterday. "I think that it's important to be optimistic but we have to be careful not to be over-confident because all the teams in the playoffs are beating up on one another right now. We just have to continue to be aggressive. We're going to try a few different things, but for the most part we're just going to continue doing what we normally do. It starts on the defensive end so we have to continue to bring the pressure and let our offense feed off that."
Thompson didn't get into the details of their game plan, but it is expected that their defense will pick up a notch. It always do come playoff time. They won the John Archer Division pennant race, finishing with a win/loss record of 12-4. Their mini three-game series against the Wreckers (9-7) starts tomorrow night.
The Giants and Wreckers split two games during the regular season, with the Wreckers winning the first meeting early in the season, and the Giants convincingly taking the second contest on Saturday night, the final night of the regular season. Michael 'Furley' Bain and Mark Hanna paced the Giants with 25 points apiece in that regular season finale - a 121-107 beat down of the Wreckers on Saturday night. Newcomer Jackson Jacobs added 19 points and Adrian 'Log' Miller contributed 13.
The Wreckers were led by Kevin Smith in that game with 25 points. Tavaris Roker had 18, and Ramano King contributed 17. The Wreckers are quite capable of beating any team on the league on any given night, so Thompson knows that it's imperative that they get off to a fast start in the short series.
"The first game is always key," said Thompson. "We feel that we match up well with them, so we're looking forward to some good things. We lost Jeremy (national team player Jeremy Hutchinson), Eugene (Horton) and Dencil Edgecombe, but we had some additions who I think are ready to step up. Gamaliel (Rose) is ready to step it up and give us some good minutes in the playoffs. The team that executes better will be victorious. Once our guys remain injury free, that is the main thing for us. We are trying to three-peat, and we are very confident that we will be able to do that. We are looking forward to some exciting things," he added.
Some of the new players the Giants added in the offseason are sharp shooter Jacobs, and forward Nico Scavella and Marvin Barr. The other playoff match-ups will be the P.J Stingers (11-4) taking on the Police Crimestoppers (9-7), the MailBoat Cybots (14-2) going up against the BTC Digitals (7-9), and The Real Deal Shockers (10-5) going to battle against the Phil's Rockets (7-9).
The NPBA is on a tight schedule this year as the playoffs and championship have to be finished in time for the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Round-Robin Championships, set for April 19-21, in Bimini.

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BTC provides platinum sponsorship for CARIFTA

With telecommunications giant BTC coming on board as the title sponsor, the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) is now set to host what they hope will be one of the grandest CARIFTA Swimming Championships ever.
The 27th annual event is set for April 12-15 at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex, with over 500 young swimmers from 22 countries participating. A 36-member Bahamian team is set to represent The Bahamas in six divisions over four days of competition. BSF President Algernon Cargill said that they are extremely grateful for the $40,000 contribution of platinum sponsor BTC, and look forward to an exciting meet where young Bahamians will be competing against the region's best.
"Without BTC and the support of the government, we would not have been able to host this meet," said Cargill. "BTC's title sponsorship enables the Bahamas Swimming Federation to provide an opportunity for young Bahamians to compete at home in front of their families and friends. We have to thank BTC for stepping up, particularly when so many doors were closed due to budget constraints and competition for sponsorship.
"BTC, together with the government of The Bahamas, are providing significant funding to the BSF to assist with the hosting of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships. BTC's mission statement includes their commitment to improve the quality of life for the people of The Bahamas and it boasts many programs, such as its 'Connection Program' that boldly demonstrates its commitment to its mission statement. The 36-member Bahamian CARIFTA swim team members are by extension proud ambassadors of BTC's commitment to improving the quality of life of Bahamians, and on behalf of the federation, I thank BTC."
Also coming on board for the championships as bronze partners of the federation are Morley Realty, Commonwealth Brewery, Asa H. Pritchard Ltd. and Bluebird Juice, and J.S. Johnson. Caribbean Bottling Company Ltd. and Coca-Cola are aqua sponsors.
"Corporate Bahamas, it's not too late," appealed Cargill yesterday. "Our committee has made a yeoman's effort to solicit your assistance in these difficult times and we ask you to emulate the contribution of our platinum sponsor, BTC, and other sponsors and contribute in some meaningful way to the community in which you do business. Our young people appreciate your contribution to their development."
As for the team itself, with the championships being held here at home, Cargill said that it was imperative that they select the strongest squad possible.
Arguably the best breast stroker in the region, Dustin Tynes, will be looking to sweep the breaststroke events just like he did in Barbados last year. Only, this time, the Grand Bahamian swimmer will be competing in the 15-17 division as opposed to the 13-14 age group. Other multi medalists, from a year ago, returning this year include Margaret Albury, Tremaine Allen, Simone Sturrup, Laura Morley, Bria Deveaux, Taryn Smith and Evante Gibson just to name a few. The talented 36-member squad is expected to be led by Deveaux on the female side, and Gibson on the male side. It is a true national team with members from New Providence and Grand Bahama, and for the first time ever, two from Abaco.
In addition to it being the top junior swim meet in the Caribbean, the 2012 CARIFTA Swimming Championships will also be a qualifier for this year's Olympic Games in London, England, where only two Bahamians have qualified thus far - Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Alana Dillette.
The Bahamas finished third at last year's CARIFTA Swimming Championships, and has consistently been in the top three over the past 10 years. The country last won the regional meet in 2003, when it was held in Jamaica.
The Bahamas will also be competing in water polo at the CARIFTA level this year, and according to Cargill, that team is also in need of corporate support. Those championships will be held April 6-9, in Kingston, Jamaica. The Head Coach of the swim team is Andy Knowles and the Head Coach of the water polo team is Laszlo Borbely.
BTC, which has supported sports in the country on numerous occasions in the past, continues to assist in national development in a most tangible way. The telecommunications company was also the title sponsor of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' (BAAA) Jr. and Sr. National Championships last year, and in addition to being the title sponsor of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, the company is the official team sponsor for the swim squad as well.
"BTC is proud to support the Bahamas Swimming Federation and this select group of talented Bahamian swimmers as they represent their country on their home soil," said BTC Vice President of Brand and Communications, Marlon Johnson. "We are very excited to be a part of this historic event that will showcase the new athletic facilities of The Bahamas and the excellence for which the Bahamian team stands. When we at BTC provide funds for a worthwhile cause in the community, we do not consider it as a gift. We believe it is an investment in the future of The Bahamas, and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in sports."
Johnson said that their vast contribution to the CARIFTA swim squad stems beyond just being a good corporate citizen by giving back to the community.
"Sports teaches us so much," said Johnson yesterday. "It personifies and exemplifies that which is good in a society. To be good, we have to practice. To be great, we have to practice even when we do not feel like it. It teaches us discipline. It teaches us that hard work has its rewards, that dedication and devotion and sacrifice can make us winners. It teaches us teamwork and the need for respect for others whether competitors or teammates.
"In sports lies the lesson that no matter how good we are at what we do, we do not perform in a vacuum but in concert with our teammates or competition against others who are also striving to be the best. We are not in this alone, no matter how alone we may feel at times. We do better as a team, and that coincides with our theme here at BTC, the team that powers your connectivity.
"We at BTC are proud and excited to be a part of the 2012 BTC CARIFTA Swimming Championships, and we wish all of our swimmers a great meet, with lots of healthy competition, strong teamwork, lots of good sportsmanship, and at the end of the day, we hope that you will be dripping not just with beads of water, but with medals galore."
Cargill said that this has been one of the most challenging years ever for swimming, with the heaters at the Betty Kenning complex not being fully functional. As a result, the swimmers weren't getting the amount of training time that they normally get.
Kevin Colebrooke, chief sports and recreation officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture said that they are extremely proud to be a part of the championships, and assured the public, that the pool at the Betty Kenning complex which has experienced problems with the heaters since the start of the season, will be ready for competition. He said that the heaters will be up and fully functional for the duration of the championships.

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JBLN stages successful fun day and cook-out

This past week, the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) hosted its yearly fundraiser.
The Field of Dreams Complex was packed with hundreds of supporters and sponsors as they hosted their annual fun day and cook-out. It was a beautiful day for the event that turned out to be a complete success for JBLN. Volunteers were present early in the morning and began to set up from 8 a.m., getting the grill going for fresh grilled steaks and barbecue chicken.
It all started at 12 noon and went until 6 p.m., serving over 2,000 people with dinners. Besides great dinners, there were also fun activities for the kids to take part in. A bouncing castle was donated to use for four hours and there was also a professional face painter for the young girls and boys.
There was exciting baseball action all day long that kept many people engaged. It really provided an opportunity to showcase the youth in the league and the progress and organizational skills at JBLN. Games were re-scheduled from Sunday to Saturday so that everyone would be able to see games at every level.
The JBLN consist of six different baseball divisions: T-Ball (5-6), Coach Pitch (7-8), Minor (9-10), Major (11-12), Junior (13-15) and Senior (16-25). This 2012 season, the league was able to add a high school girls softball division thanks to the assistance of Stephen 'Bishop' Beneby' and his wife Sherry. The Bahamas Waste Crushers took on the Snapple Snappers this past weekend, but the game wasn't completed due to darkness.
The featured game of the night was at 7 p.m. as the Seven Seas Oilers went head-to-head against the Sports Center Players. It turned out to be a back and forth game with many close calls and plays, but ended in a 10-10 tie.
Hundreds of people stayed to watch the softball game.
For those who have not been a part of the league and seen the finished product, Saturday was a prime example of the positive aspect that such an organization can bring to the Bahamian community. Keeping young people off the streets and involved in good programs, and building relationships with other players and coaches, is a major focal point of the league. At JBLN, youth is priority and that is shown day in and day out. The public is asked to come out and support the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) as action continues this week. Action begins Wednesday, continues on Friday night and then through the weekend on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., and on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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Trio back on track in Switzerland

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

FOLLOWING a successful showing at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' BTC National Open Track and Field Championships in Grand Bahama over the weekend, three Bahamian athletes were back on track Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Demetrius Pinder, who delighted the home crowd in pulling off back-to-back titles in the men's 400 metres, made his debut in his post-collegiate career on the international circuit with a fourth place finish in his specialty.

His time of 45.99 seconds could be attributed to fatigue as he trailed former collegiate arch rival Tabarie Henry of the British Virgin Islands, who was t ...

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Saving Cameron

For as long as he can remember, Cameron Newbold says if he walked a short distance, he would get tired fast. He thought that was normal. If walking did that to him, imagine the level of fatigue he felt when he ran or rode his bicycle. The 14-year-old thought that was how a healthy person was supposed to feel. He never thought anything was seriously wrong with him. He never knew that he had been born with a hole in his heart that had gotten progressively worse over the years due to the lack of treatment.
Cameron never knew that in the first few months of his life that his deceased mother had taken him for treatments, but for reasons unknown had stopped seeking medical help for her baby. As he grew he chalked up the lethargy he felt on a daily basis as "normal".
But on Labour Day (June 2011), seven months after the death of his mother, the lack of medical attention caught up with the teenager. He had attended the parade with relatives and it was there that he started to feel sicker than he normally did.
" I started to really feel bad. I was feeling really weak and I got really dizzy," he recalled. "When I got home, I was vomiting and it got hard to breathe." An older cousin took Cameron to the hospital, where tests revealed a problem with his heart. It was in failure and he would need emergency surgery. Cameron, who has no insurance, had life-saving open heart surgery on November 22, 2011, funded by the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. The surgery repaired his acute mitral insufficiency, a condition in which a valve doesn't properly close, causing blood to leak into an upper chamber of his heart.
It was a whirlwind of activity by his relatives to save the 14-year-old's life. His aunt and legal guardian Bonnie Solomon hadn't even known about her nephew's condition. Scared at first when she learned he was suffering from heart failure, she said she didn't know how she would be able to afford to get him the medical care he needed. She said it was only by chance that she heard about the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation and the work it did for children with heart conditions. Solomon requested assistance of the foundation and Cameron was slotted in to get the help he needed.
Cameron's surgery was performed at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Bahamian pediatric cardiologist Dr. Jerome Lightbourne assisted with the surgery.
The now 14-year-old Cameron, an eighth-grade student at T.A. Thompson Junior School, said his illness "coming to a head" and the subsequent surgery was a scary time for him. But he also said it was one of the best experiences of his young life, as he visited the United States for the first time.
"Before going to Fort Lauderdale for the surgery I had never gone away to the States that I remember. It was my first time and I was excited about that. I didn't really see much of the place but it was nice knowing that I was there. I will always remember my surgery because it made me better, but also because I got to see [the U.S.]. My doctors even invited me to come back so I could see how the surgeries are done, since I am starting to be interested in those kinds of things since this experience," he said.
Cameron's co-guardian and cousin Antia Solomon said the experience was life-changing for her, as a parent, because his chances of survival would have been bleak without it.
"Knowing that he can do the things he couldn't do is a great relief. None of this would be if it wasn't for the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation," said Solomon. "The procedure would have been done, but when I don't know because of the lack of resources. I'm so grateful and appreciative of them."
Despite the surgery, Cameron still has to be on his toes about his health. The rambunctious junior school student says he now feels more energetic than ever. And he returned to school two weeks ago and was more than anxious to get back to the books. He admits that prior to his surgery he did not have much interest in his education, but given a second chance, he said he can't wait to get back on the "right track".
"I was never so happy to go to school before," he says. "I never used to do my homework or listen to my teachers too much. But now I want to be here so I can learn and be with my friends. I really hope to do better. I used to have a [grade point average] below a 1.00 and I really plan to try harder," he said.
The young man now realizes just how important his education and life are to him. He always thought that there was time and he didn't have to worry about anything, but now he is beginning to understand that he has to make the most of everything he has. Rather than thinking about if he can get the latest bicycle or worrying that he couldn't be a part of his school's sports day, Cameron is appreciating that he can now ride his bike without tiring quickly, and play a game with his friends for longer than a few minutes.
His cousin, Latoya Solomon, 21, is pleased to see the good that came from Cameron's experience. She is glad that he was able to pull through and return to his normal everyday life. Some days she says she can barely believe that he has recovered so quickly.
"It was kind of scary to think that Cameron may not have made it to see 15 years if he didn't get the surgery right away, so seeing him now is good -- especially considering how well he is doing. When he came home after two weeks in the U.S. he never wanted to just sit down and rest. He just came to life and wants to be involved in everything. He really wanted to keep up with his friends and go back to school. He just seemed so focused and ready to try hard. The way he recovered was like he just had a cold and is fine now. I am grateful for what happened to him. He's happy and doing well."
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation is a privately funded charity that raises funds primarily through donations and from the annual Heart Ball held annually in February, and which will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. Over 97 percent of each dollar raised goes directly ot the aid of children.
Donations can be made to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation at P.O. Box N-8189, Nassau, Bahamas.
Antia Solomon says it is absolutely imperative for the public to support the foundation, because they never know when a person they know may need the help. She says she is now aware more than ever how much she must be open to helping others as well.
"You could be helping to save a life. You could be saving the life of the future prime minister, or a future doctor or lawyer," she said. "More importantly, you could also be saving the life of the world's greatest parent to some child. You would not just be helping the parent(s) or the child, but I would also encourage you to help the foundation that is making it possible for some of these kids and parents to go and do these procedures. I would just ask the public to help save a life," she said.
The foundation was established as a living tribute by Lady Sassoon following the death of her husband, Sir Victor Sasson, in 1961, to assist Bahamians with heart disease. Lady Sassoon had asked that instead of sending flowers to honor her husband, that people send a donation to the local heart fund. A few weeks later the hospital called to tell her that a substantial amount of money had been donated in her husband's memory, but that there was no local heart fund. She took it upon herself to create one.
Through the foundation's fundraising efforts, over 4,000 children have been afforded quality medical care. The foundation currently has a list of 11 children that need immediate lifesaving surgery.

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SAC chugs on to 24 straight

If one would take a closer look at the divisional scores of the annual Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary School (BAISS) track and field meet, they would think that Queen's College Comets ran off with this year's crown. But it was the St. Augustine's Big Red Machine who claimed another title, despite only winning three of the eight divisions contested.
The Big Red Machine held off the threats by the stack field, inclusive of the Comets and the St. Anne's Blue Waves to capture their 24th consecutive BAISS win. The three-day total accumulated by the Big Red Machine was 1,307.50 points. The school won the junior and senior girls as well as the senior boys divisions. The Comets won five divisions and closed with 1,259.50 points, a major improvement from the previous years. Finishing in third was the Blue Waves with 468 points; the St. John's College Giants scored 339.50 points, and Temple Christian Schools Suns had 290.50 points for fifth.
Coming in sixth was St. Andrews Hurricanes with 281 points, Nassau Christian Academy and Aquinas College trailed with 184 and 180.50 points respectively. Jordan Prince William and Charles W. Saunders rounded out the top 10 schools.
"It means quite a bit to the athletes and the school," said coach Dianne Woodside. "Even if you had won by one point it would have been a sweet victory. But of course you know this means a lot when you have an All-star team like Queen's College coming against St. Augustine's College. We did our best. Our kids really, really came out and performed to the best of their abilities. I spoke to them about being a true SACer and what SAC is all about and they came out and gave 120 percent today to maintain their lead."
The race for the crown started early Friday morning with the preliminary rounds of the 200 meters (m). While the Big Red Machine needed to pick up wins in the finals of the events to extend their lead, the Comets were hoping to sneak past with the points picked up in the divisions.
Angel Collie got things rolling for the Comets by winning the bantam girls 200m. Her time was 27.27 seconds. The Big Red Machine's Tyler Davis came in second in 28.46 seconds and Miar Rolle third in 29.31 seconds. The bantam boys 200m was won by Julian Brown of St. Andrew's College. Brown stopped the clock in 27.41 seconds, Michael Adderley and Timekco Smith were second and third respectively in 27.90 seconds and 29.00 seconds.
Warding off the threats posed by the Big Red Machine, in the junior girls 200m, was Andira Ferguson of the Comets. She held off Taj Dorsett and Blayre Catalyn by clocking 25.53 seconds for the win. Dorsett ran 25.83 seconds and Catalyn's time was 26.58 seconds. The Comets won the junior boys and the intermediate girls half lap event, thanks to Nitchev Casseus and Jenae Ambrose.
Casseus crossed the finish line in 22.90 seconds to capture the title over Avneil Barrow who ran 24.56 seconds and Michael Troups in 24.84 seconds. Ambrose's time is a new meet record, 24.48 seconds, which erased the 12-year-old marker of 25.01 seconds held by Utica Edgecombe.
Shaunae Miller set another record this time in the 200m for senior girls. She is now the meet record holder in the 100m, 200m and the 400m. Miller did not run the 400m this year and opted to compete in the 100m and 200m only. She ran 22.70 seconds to ink her name in the meet book for the 200m. The nine-year-old record was held by Samaria Smith, a time of 23.34 seconds.
The senior title was won by Anthony Adderley of St. John's College. His time was 21.57 seconds, well below the qualification standards set in place for the upcoming CARIFTA Championships, by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA).

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