This past week in sports featured some noteworthy highlights, here in Grand Bahama and around the country. Following is a general roundup:
GB Amateur Softball
The Grand Bahama Amateur Softball Association’s post-season got into full swing swing this past Wednesday. Staged at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex, two co-ed division play-off games were featured, while the men’s division’s play-offs got underway. Each play-off series will be contested via the best of five format.
The heightened level of play was evident. Co-ed game one was between the Cooper’s Destroyers and Immigration Enforcers. The Destroyers meant business and took a 1-0 series lead with the 21-11 win. Leon Cooper was credited as the winning pitcher for the Destroyers, while Jermaine Scavella was tagged with the loss.
The Pat’s Uniform Reds prevailed in a hard-fought tilt against the GBPA Regulators. The Reds held on to take game one by a final score of 13-12. The Reds were led by winning pitcher Michael Sweeting, while Steffan Bevans was charged with the defeat.
In the men’s division, the Tener’s Eleutherans wasted little opportunity in putting runs on the scoreboard and dominated Express Food Mart, 26-12. Leon Cooper was on the mound again and won over the same opponent from the co-ed contest, Scavella.
Game two of each series took place yesterday evening and were not completed by press time. Game three in each case will take place tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. If necessary, games four and five will be contested this Sunday and Wednesday. Game time is at 7:00 p.m nightly.
Sydney Clarke in top spot
It was a summer to remember for junior tennis player Sydney Clarke. After a number of memorable performances during the summer, Clarke was listed as the number one ranked female junior tennis player nationally and internationally.
This past weekend, her summer games came to a close with a win over the United States’ Amy Kaplan at the Wadadii Bowl in Antigua and Barbuda. She bounced back to win that match, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
The baseball community could soon be experiencing a Canadian flavor.
The House of Hoops and Dreams and the Ontario Nationals Baseball Club announced this week the intent to “foster a way forward for the baseball community in Grand Bahama. The Nationals Club’s chief, Coach Shawn Gillespie, was in town this past week and took a strong liking to the baseball climate here in Grand Bahama.
“Comparing to what I see at home and here, these boys are very athletic and have a lot of attributes that would be conducive to high-end baseball. They were very fast, with good arm action and also a positive attitude generally speaking to all of them.
“I would like to see if the Ontario Nationals and myself could help enhance the grassroots program here in Freeport so the boys here that are willing and able, would be able to do more training on a regular basis.
“Obviously I don’t live here but I’d like to, but I’d like try to start nurturing the program here and working with the local baseball community and leaders to see what we may be able to accomplish year over year.”
The Houston Rockets spent a little over a week over in the nation’s capital, New Providence, to begin their preseason training camp. Last season’s Western Conference Finals participants utilized the Kendal G. Isaacs National Gymnasium, and also stayed at the Baha Mar Resort.
According to the Rockets’ latest acquisition, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, the team definitely looks forward to making the trip an annual affair.
“It was really great to be able to come down here and use the facilities. This experience has been nothing but amazing.
“I can speak on behalf of my teammates and the staff, saying that everyone here has shown us nothing but respect. The hospitality was great, and I definitely can see this happening here on a consistent basis.”
Sorority Chapters on swimming
The Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated introduced the SWIM 1922 Clinic, in partnership with the Freeport Aquatics Club, to Grand Bahama on Saturday, August 15. The fraternity organization plans to continue hosting the clinic today and every Saturday throughout September. The clinic will be staged at the Bishop Michael Eldon School beginning at 9:30 a.m.
President of the Grand Bahama chapter, Afrika Karamo-Miller indicated that the clinic primarily focuses on teenagers and adults, as there is a need to target both demographics.
“The clinic primarily aims at targeting adults because we realize the need,” she voiced. “There are a lot of swim clinics that target young children, so we’re opening it up to adults and we hope that it grows.”