Criminology freshman Christopher Lirazan from University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos gifted the NOPSSCEA team two gold medals in men's athletics in the 2014 Western Visayas Private Schools Sports Athletic Association in San Jose, Antique.
A triple-gold medalist in last year's Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, Lirazan dominated the men's 100-meter and 400-meter race to register a double gold for NOPSSCEA while his fellow UNO-R Criminology student Kholince Gedalanga brought in another gold from men's discus throw and bronze medal in shot put.
Jembie Rebucas topped the men's long jump while Devy Isada finished with a silver in women's shot put to boost NOPSSCEA's medal haul in the WVPRISAA.
Also raking in more medals for the Negros team was secondary girls' swimmer Marijel Dato-on who reigned in 200-meter backstroke and was part of the NOPSSCEA quartet who salvaged a bronze medal in 4x50m medley relay. Earlier, Dato-on won the silver in 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke and helped her team won the gold in 4x100m freestyle.
In chess, Christine Marie Cabrales swept all her assignment against her rivals from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, and Iloilo to earn five points after five rounds in women's competition while Lyster Franz Andador registered three points after five rounds in the men's department. Both Cabrales and Andador are also from UNO-R.
Meanwhile, the University of St. La Salle football and men and women's volleyball team are eyeing the gold against Iloilo today.
Bannered by seasoned booters who form the core of the Ceres-La Salle F C, the NOPSSCEA football team will defend their PRISAA title against Iloilo at 8 a.m. today at the Binirayan Sports Complex.
Negros and Iloilo formalized their entry into the final round after beating Capiz in separate games.
In volleyball, the USLS men's and women's volleyball squads are gearing up for a showdown against perennial rival, Iloilo represented by spikers from Central Philippine University.
The USLS-NOPSSCEA men's volleyball squad took the No. 1 spot after the eliminations by beating Iloilo in four sets, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-23, while the Lady Stingers also remain unbeaten going into today's semifinals.
Champion teams in the competition, both in the college and secondary divisions will represent the Western Visayas region in the national PRISAA set on April 6 to 12 in Tagum, Davao del Norte.*NAB
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