The Freeport News Sports Week In Review

It may have been a shortened week due to National Heroes Day this past Monday, but that did not stop the highlights from rolling in. Today we take another look at the latest sports happenings throughout the week.

Girls Developmental Soccer returning to normalcy

In October 2016 Hurricane Matthew rocked Grand Bahama in a significant way. As a result, the Girl’s Developmental Soccer Program saw a dip in participation numbers for the 2017 campaign.

However, this year the beloved soccer league, founded by Donnie and Mary Knowles is hopeful that the numbers will spike once again. Last Saturday marked day one of the program’s 2018 season and according to coach Donnie, the first week numbers were an encouraging sign that the girls’ interest in the sport appears resurgent.

“We’re kind of between surprised and not surprised, because you know last year the numbers were down due to the hurricane from the year before,” he explained. “Now, for the first day, we have so much girls out. It’s amazing how so much girls signed up for the first day and are very enthusiastic and hoping to learn the sport of soccer.

“You know the girls always achieve greatness, because their mindset is to achieve greatness. That’s what the girls always try to achieve. We see it all the time with the girls.”

While Saturday’s numbers left the coaches in a good place, they are confident that once the girls continue to share their experiences, they should see an increase in registrants on a weekly basis. The programme runs each and every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., just hours after the YMCA’s Grassroots Developmental Programme concludes.

And while the soccer programme helps the young ladies to sharpen their competitive edge, Coach Donnie added that holistically, the girls learn a lot more about life and finding themselves through the sport.

“We’re happy to be partners with the YMCA and to be community minded. In soccer we try to help the girls not only with sports, but with confidence through sports, friendship and all those good things.”

Hield and Ayton shine bright on the same night

This past Monday (October 8) Chavanno ‘Buddy’ Hield and 2018 number one overall Draft Pick, Deandre Ayton, each led the charge in their teams’ preseason victories.

The Sacramento Kings took on Israeli Basketball Club, Maccabi Haifa and came away with a 132-100 victory. The 6’4” Eight Mile Rock native, poured in a game-high 22-points on a very efficient nine-for-11 shooting from the field. Hield also made good on all four of his three-point attempts from the arc, while adding five rebounds and two steals.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Ayton and company visited the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Suns left the Oracle Arena as the victors by a final score of 117-109. The 7’1” rookie centre stuffed the stats sheet, leading the Suns to victory with 18 points on seven-for-11 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds.

Ayton also dished out two assists, came away with two steals and one block.

Tammy turns Pro

Masters Women’s Fitness competitor Tammy Stubbs has officially gone pro!

A year removed from a disappointing finish at the 2017 Ben Weider Legacy Cup in Toronto, Canada, women’s fitness competitor Tammy Stubbs, and her coach/husband, Glen Stubbs said it was time to “turn up the intensity.”

Three hundred and sixty-five days later, in pursuit of that illusive International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro card, the Stubbs duo’s amped-up determination has finally paid off. The Masters over 35 competitor, wowed the judges at the Diamond Cup Show held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with her newly ripped physique, on her way to victories in the Open Body Fitness (B Division), Masters Over 35, and the Overall Body Fitness categories, awarding her pro status.

“The feeling from that night was overwhelming,” Stubbs admitted, “I had a feeling that I won it, because I knew I brought a really good package this time,” she expressed. “I looked at some females there, but I knew I had everything - symmetry, the look, the ripped legs. So, I had a feeling it was mine for the taking.

“Last year I came sixth and second. So, this year I went back in the same categories and won both, along with the overall title and my pro card. I thank God for that.”

High School Volleyball championships set

This past Tuesday afternoon at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium, Friday’s junior and senior girls championship match-ups were determined as both Bishop Michael Eldon squads advanced to their respective championship show downs.

As the number two seeded team in the junior division, the Warriors clicked on all cylinders, they vanquished the number three seeded Tabernacle Falcons 2-0. The Warriors blitzed to a 21-8 first set victory, and followed that performance with a 21-12 close- out victory in the second set.

As for the senior girls, the number one seeded Warriors needed only two sets to knock off the number four seeded Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays, 2-0. The Warriors eventually took the first set by a score of 21-14. After a stronger effort by the Blue Jays, however, it proved not enough as the Warriors dug deep to shut the door on the Blue Jays, 21-17.

The junior Warriors will take on the number one seeded Sunland Stingers, who defeated the Lucaya International Buccaneers, 2-0 over at the St. George’s Gymnasium. The Stingers took care of the Bucs with 21-13 victories in both sets.

As for the senior Warriors, they will face the St. George’s Jaguars who also defeated the Buccaneers in two sets. the Jaguars took care of business in the first set with a 21-11 victory. The second was a “barn burner” but ultimately the Jags avoided a third set with a 24-22 outcome of set two.

This past Wednesday’s junior and senior boys semifinals set up a pair of interesting championship clashes in both divisions. The number three seeded Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors junior boys stunned the second seeded Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays to punch their ticket to yesterday’s Championship Jamboree.

Meanwhile, the number one seeded Tabernacle Falcons ousted the number four seeded St. George’s Jaguars to set up a date with the Warriors in the junior boys championship.

The number one seeded Jack Hayward Wildcats defeated the number four seeded Sunland Stingers first in senior boys semifinals play. The number three seeded Jaguars managed to upset the number two seeded Falcons to officially set up the senior boys championship match with the Wildcats.

All those championships were contested and results from those matches will be published this coming Monday, October 15.

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