Men’s Basketball and Judo highlight top Team Guam performances in 2019 Pacific Games

21 July 2019 – XVI Pacific Games, Apia, Samoa

Men’s 5×5 Basketball team defended their gold medal from the 2015 edition of the Pacific Games with a dominant performance on their way to being named the Team of the Games.  The team consisting of William Belger III, Eduardo Calvo, JP Cruz, Jonathan Galloway, Daren Hechanova, Earvin Jose, Simon Gabriel, William Stinnett III, Mekeli Wesley, Russel Wesley and Tai Wesley drove past their opponents in the round robin matches before defeating Tahiti in the championship game for the Gold medal. 

Men’s Basketball 3×3 staged the biggest comeback of the inaugural event via a two-point conversion in extra time by Ben Borja.  Trailing by five points with three minutes remaining against Team Fiji, who beat Team Guam in the round robin match, Borja along with team mates Seve Susuico, Michael Sakazaki and Andrew “AJ” Carlos, were able to keep the Fijians at bay and tied the game at 18 after regulation play.  The tough defense of Team Guam continued in the early minutes of extra time as Fiji was unable to score on consecutive attempts.  After a rebound by Susuico, Borja took the ball behind the screen of Sakazaki and drained the two-point attempt to seal the victory and the first-ever gold medal of the 3×3 event in the Pacific Games.

Joshter Andrew, Team Guam Judoka, brought Guam’s first gold medal of the Games as he overwhelmed all his opponents in the <81kg division.  Andrew showcased his athleticism, knowledge and prowess gained through his training in Japan.

Team Guam Taekwondo delivered three silver and two bronze medals as Alexander Allen, Tierra Chargualaf and Amber Toves beat their New Zealand counterparts in the semi-final rounds, but eventually fell to their Australian opponents in the finals.  Leon Ho and Joseph Ho completed the medal haul that featured all Team Guam competitors on the medal podium.  The siblings bowed out to their Australian opponents in the quarterfinal round.

Team Guam Weightlifting doubled their total medal outputs from the previous combined games into the 2019 edition.  Led by Jacinta Sumagaysay’s triple silver haul, (clean and jerk, snatch and combined total), the team brought home a total of seven medals:  5 silver and 2 bronze.  Dayamaya Calma clinched 2 silver (clean and jerk and combined total) and a bronze (snatch), while sister Dayalani Calma claimed Guam’s first medal of the games, a bronze in the snatch.

Athletics added a silver and two bronze medals to the medal count for Team Guam as Genina Criss used the wading stretch to outpace the remaining athletes and take silver in the 1500m race.  Alison Bowman took third in the 3000m steeplechase for a bronze and Derek Mandell returned to competition with a bronze medal in the half marathon to end the athletics events.  During the women’s 4x100m race, the team consisting of Regine Tugade, Richelle Tugade, Madison Packbier and Emma Sheedy broke the Guam national record set 20 years ago.

Benjamin Schulte of Team Guam Swimming settled for a silver medal in the 50m butterfly discipline that saved the swimming group’s medal streak in the Pacific Games.

Women’s Basketball missed out on a bronze medal as they fell victim to host Samoa and questionable calls in the final minutes of the match that saw our ladies lose by a bucket.  This was the best performance of the women’s program in the last twenty years as they opened with a 36-point win against a team that they have never beaten in the past, Papua New Guinea. 

Men’s Va’a team finished fourth place in the 1500m Outrigger Canoe contest, an event they previously won bronze in Papua New Guinea.  Overall both paddling teams performed well against the more experienced and established teams from Tahiti, New Caledonia and the south pacific.

Men’s Beach Volleyball went 1-1 in pool play before bowing out of the competition against Papua New Guinea in straight sets in the elimination round finishing in 9th of 13.

Team Guam Tennis finished in the middle of the pack in the team event with a 2-2 record.  Camden Camacho led the charge in the singles event finishing in 6th place followed by Daniel Llarenas, Derek Okuhama and Mason Caldwell.

Team Guam Golf had a good showing on the links against the prowess of Fiji, Tahiti and New Caledonia.  Robert Manalo led the team in the singles event.

Team Guam aquathlon athlete Kristina Woesner finished 8th of 14 while triathlete Craig Weymouth finished the swim, bike, run course in 11th of 18.

Men and Women’s Volleyball served identical 2-3 records during the event.  Men’s team finished in 9th place while the women’s settled for 6th in their respective divisions.

The final tally of 3 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze placed Guam in 14th of 24 countries/jurisdiction of the 2019 Pacific Games.

Team Guam bounces back; weightlifters haul 7 medals on day 2

Women Weightlifters highlighted day 2 activities for Team Guam as Dayalani Calma snagged Guam’s first medal, a bronze in the 45kg Clean and Jerk. Her sister, Dayanara then took silver in the snatch, bronze in the clean and jerk and silver in the combined lift. Mini Games silver medalist Jacinta Sumagaysay then brought a silver from each discipline to close out the day.

Basketball triumphant in Day 1

Women’s Basketball team dominated their first game against the team they fell to in the previous games. Team Guam took an early 26-16 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They held PNG to just 4 points in the second quarter to build the lead to 54-20 and cruised to an 84-48 victory.

The defending men’s Basketball team outclassed the host Samoa as they too led from start to finish. Tai Wesley and Daren Hechanova led the team scoring with 18 points apiece. JP Cruz dropped 16, Mekeli Wesley scored 11 and Willie Stinnett III added 10 points for a 105-81 margin.

Beach Volleyball beats New Caledonia

In Beach Volleyball action, Brian Tsujii and Zakhary Zacarias upended New Caledonia in straight sets 21-19, 21-19 to even up their record at one a piece. A slow start saw the duo down by as many as six points until they began creeping their way in the late stages of the first set eventually tying the game at 18. From there they were able to close out the set on a mishandled serve by Zacarias.

In the second set, Guam’s duo raced to an eight-point lead on the heals of strong plays by Tsujii at the net and great digs by Zacarias. However, New Caledonia came racing back to take the lead at 17-16 and 19-17 before Zacarias served out the set as Tsujii slipped past a block to end the match 21-19.

In other Team Guam action, Va’a V1 pitted Isabel Gutierrez in the female 500m race as she finished in 8th place. Shane Palomo competed in the men’s 500m race coming in 7th place overall. Both events where held at the Sheraton Samoa Apia Wharf.

Team Guam’s tennis players bowed to Papua New Guinea on their first day of team action. Guam Second seed Derek Okuhama dropped a doozy 7-5, 6-4 while top seed Daniel Llarenas fell 6-2, 6-2. In doubles competition, Llarenas and Camden Camacho got off to a quick start leading 5-0 before closing out the first set 6-3. However, PNG was able to pull off the second set 6-3 and the rubber set 10-5.

Team Guam swimmers Benjamin Schulte, Mineri Gomez and Mark Imazu took to the pool this morning for their competition. Schulte finished the 200m breaststroke in 5th place. Gomez also finished in 5th place in the 800m freestyle while Mark Imazu racced in the 100-back stroke.

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Rough start for Team Guam

 

Monday, July 8, 2019 – XVI Pacific Games, Apia, Samoa

Team Guam athletes bore strong winds and rain during the first day of competition at the XVI Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. The elements forced the postponement of our Tennis team’s first match while creating challenging conditions for others.

20190708_094541Guam swimmers Mineri Gomez and Mark Imazu braved the 2.5 km Open Water Swim through rough current, rain and wind gust to start off Guam’s campaign in the Games held at the Sheraton Beach Resort, Mulifanua. Gomez finished the women’s division in 5th place while 15-year-old Imazu took in 7th in the men’s division.

20190708_121717.jpgAn hour driver away at Apia Waterfront, the beach volleyball duo of Brian Tsujii and Zakhary Zacarias fell in straight sets to Tonga 21-16 and 21-6. The Tongans took early leads in both sets, dominating net play. In the first set, Guam was able to tie the match at six before Tonga found their groove and pushed ahead for the set 1 win which spilled into the second set for the match.

Action continues on Day 2 with Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Men and Women’s Va’a, Weightlifting, Swimming and Men’s Basketball defending their 2015 gold.

 

2019 Guam National Sports Fundraiser Results

The Guam National Olympic Committee held the 2019 Guam National Sports Fundraiser Raffle Drawing on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Guam Premier Outlets Food Court at 4:00 p.m. The results are provided:

Checks will be disbursed beginning on Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at the Guam National Olympic Committee office in Maite. Identification cards are required to claim prizes.

OSEP Master Educator course hosted by Guam NOC

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Sunday, May 26, 2019 – GNOC Headquarters, Maite, Guam

Nine professionals from Guam including a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees registered for the Oceania Sport Education Program Master Educator course. The course was held on May 25 and 26, 2019 at the Guam Nation Olympic Committee 3rd floor conference room. OSEP Coordinator Sainimili Saukuru worked closely with Regional Master Educators Jubilee Kuartei of Palau and Joey Miranda III of Guam to conduct the advanced course.

The diverse group included a Doctrine and ICECP graduate, multiple master’s degree holders, Regional Federation President, National Federation executives, educators from all three school sectors on island including Guam Department of Education, Department of Defense Educational Attainment and the private schools; and an IT specialist.

The participants were assessed on their competencies in creating lesson plans, different styles of delivery techniques and other OSEP oriented modules. Thereafter, the Master Educator prospects facilitated the Olympic Solidarity Sport Administrative Course along with the Management of International Sports Organization held from May 28 to 31, 2019 at the same venue. This event was attended by an audience of approximately thirty National Federation executives of GNOC.

The first of four pathway courses will allow the Master Educators the ability to deliver and facilitate OSEP courses in Administration, Coaching, Team Manager and Trainers. The group will work together to design the certification program of the Guam National Olympic Committee in Coaching, Officiating, Team Management as well as National Federation operations. They will assist in the development of Athlete’s entourage such as the commissions.

The Master Educator participants include Dr. Mike Rabago ICECP graduate, Oceania Wrestling Federation and Guam Wrestling Federation President Tony Aquino, GWF and Marianas Judo Federation Secretary-General Mariano Aquino, Guam National Athletes Commission Vice Chair and Guam Cycling Federation Vice President Tara Tydingco, Guam Triathlon Federation Secretary-General Melanie Torre, Guam Swimming Federation Head Coach Donald San Agustin, Guam Basketball Confederation coaches Brent Tipton and Reggie Guerrero and Oceania National Olympic Committee Consultant Sitiveni Tawakevou.