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Ball Hog Leads All Scorers

    (7 May 2001) - Earl "Ball Hog" Jean, captain of St. Lucia's national football team, is the leading scorer in Trinidad and Tobago's Professional Football League, after scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over Doc's Khelwalaas. Playing up front for double defending champions Vibe CT 105 W Connection, the team coached by former St. Lucia technical coordinator Stuart Charles Fevrier, Jean dominated the scoresheet on Monday evening. He was joined in scoring by former Roots Alley Ballers forward Titus Elva and Brazilian Luciano Sato.
    In Monday night's win, Jean scored on a fifth minute header off a cross from Renaldo Perreira. Sato hit in the 37th minute, but then things went quiet until the St. Lucian duo of Jean and Elva struck within two minutes of time, Jean inside the eighteen yard box and Elva into an empty net, off a pass from compatriot Sheldon Mark, one of eight St. Lucians with WCFC.
    Police played to a 2-2 draw with Caledonia AIA on Monday evening, Ronald O'Brian scoring a header from former Roots Alley Ballers left winger Sheldon Emmanuel to tie the game up for the last time.
    Connection lie atop the PFL table, joint leaders on ten points with Joe Public, but ahead on goal difference.


Maxime Second

    (5 May 2001) - 26-year-old Maxime Charlemagne of St. Lucia was second in the men's 200m dash at the Bearcat Last Chance meet hosted by McKendree College on Saturday. The Lincoln University junior clocked 21.65                        seconds, finishing well behind Raji Ahmad, who won the race comfortably in 21.51 seconds.       


Lesforis Breaks National Record

    (5 May 2001) - As a Southwest Missouri State University freshman, Michelle Baptiste ran the women's 100m dash in 11.58 seconds back in 1996 to become the fastest St. Lucian woman ever. Almost exactly five years later, another former Southwest Missouri athlete has run even faster.
    The Southwest Missouri State Queen City Invitational was held last week, with former SMSU sprinter Vernetta Lesforis second to current SMSU sophomore Amber Cumberbatch of Barbados in the finals of the women's 100. Cumberbatch came in at 11.43 seconds, followed by Lesforis in 11.48 seconds with a legal trailing wind of 1.8 m/s. If it's ratified by the Amateur Athletics Association, that latter mark will stand as the new national record for St. Lucia in that event. Also in Missouri last week, Vernetta ran the women's 200m dash, ending seventh in 24.40 seconds. SMSU's Jamaican senior Camille Clarke won in 23.38 seconds. Cumberbatch was third with a time of 23.89 seconds.
    Lesforis is the 1999 Central American and Caribbean 400m women's champion. At that meet in Barbados, she broke the national 400m record and qualified automatically for last year's Olympics in Sydney Australia.


Shamrock Through To Face Orion

    (6 May 2001) - Shamrock netball club duly advanced to the finals of this year's Independence Tournament with a semifinal win Sunday evening over Avengers. Unsurprisingly, the star for Shamrock was their goal attack, but it wasn't national captain Germaine Altifois. Altifois, carrying a knee injury, was absent from the Shamrock lineup, but even without her, the defending champions won by 34, handing Avengers a 62-28 reversal.
    Particularly impressive was the performance of Cheryl Grant, who converted 16-22 shots on goal as Altifois' replacement. According to her teammates, Grant has grown tremendously as a player over the past twelve months, and she made play after play to demonstrate just that.
    In the Division I final, Shamrock faces Orion, who defeated Elite Strikers 67-55 in Micoud last Friday. Orion, a team featuring junior netballer of the year and West Indies under-sixtreen defender Sarah Alexander as well as national U23 goal-shoot Helena St. Marie, can be expected to give Shamrock as good a fight as any team in this year's competition.


BCC's Asha Fourth In MEAC Heptathlon

    (5 May 2001) - Asha Louis, competing for Bethune Cookman College, was fourth in the heptathlon, compiling 3976 points at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee, Florida.
    Asha cleared 5m in the high jump; ran 16:09 seconds in the 100m hurdles; leapt 5.22m for the long jump; threw 7m for the shot putt; sprinted the 200m in 26.5 second and threw the javelin 18m after two fouls. The former Morne Stars athlete also contested the 800m as part of the heptathlon.
    Asha's BCC teammate, Windy Augustin was third in the individual women's 800m (2:15) and fifth in the 3000m run (11:04) as BCC ended second in the women's standings. BCC head track and field coach Curtis Pittman also took up a new job this weekend. He will be leading Uganda to the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton next August.
    Also at the MEAC Championships, the South Carolina State women amassed 35 points to finish seventh. Sharon Williams anchored the SCSU 4x100m relay team (47.55) to a fourth place finish.


Domestic Football To Begin Shortly

    (8 May 2000) - Domestic football is scheduled to begin in June, with the Premier League and national under-seventeen tournament. That's the word from the St. Lucia Football Association, which is inviting interested teams to register for those tournaments on or before 19 May.
    Two-time defending Premier League champions Roots Alley Ballers lost another player this year, with winger Sheldon Emmanuel transferring to Caledonian AIA in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League, but the champs have lost at least one player (Sheldon Mark to W Connection last year) each year for the past couple of years.
    This year the FA has promised that it will be monitoring players to ensure that they register with, and play for just one club, in order to maintain some level of continuity. Players registering for the under-seventeen tournament must have been born on or after 1 January 1985.


Seagulls Lift Women's Title

    (6 May 2001) - The indomitable ladies of Ciceron Seagulls United beat Le Club Volleyball 3-1 at Vigie Multipurpose Sports Complex on Sunday evening to win the Independence women's volleyball title.
    The young Le Club team actually played it fairly close, thanks to fine play from Samantha Mann and Lydia-Ann Harris, whose different hitting styles were both quite effective. Not as effective, however, as the hitting of Shana Aubrey and Cherry-Ann Antoine, both of whom made the most of reserve setter Marcia Vite. Aubrey, a superlative young talent, came on as the game progressed, smashing the ball for kill as after kill.
    Seagulls lost the opening set 27-29, but then they ran off three in a row, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20. In the fourth and final set, Seagulls had to come back from a 9-3 deficit, eventually tying it up at 12. LCV and Seagulls traded points for a while, then Seagulls began pulling away for the win.
    Ciceron Seagulls coach Guy Browne said Sunday night's victory was "expected," but he also praised Le Club. "They're a young team, and they've been in revival for a while. They play well," he said.


Jr. The Giant-Killer

    (5 May 2000) - Many St. Lucians know Alberton Richelieu the talented attorney, but avid tennis fans know his son, Alberton Jr, aka Giant-Killer. Just thirteen, he made a habit of beating older, more experienced opponents in the early rounds of local tournaments, before "disappearing" last year.
    Actually, Alberton enrolled at the Maeci Tennis Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he is playing US Tennis Association junior tournaments now and then, but spending most of his time learning the game along with his twenty-something compatriots, Dax Norville and Hamlet Philip.
    One of Alberton's best results this year came at the Casely Classic in Tamiami Park (Miami) played on 22 February, St. Lucia's Independence Day. In the first round, Alberton was matched up against second seeded Daniel Amaris, whom he defeated 6-1, 6-2. Fifth seed Anthony Riaux went down by a similar margin in the second round, but Alberton lost in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2 to Steven Pessoa. Alberton's improving his game; he says he hopes to someday join Sirsean Arlain and Kane Easter on St. Lucia's Davis Cup team. "My dream is to put St. Lucia in the World Group," says Alberton.


Charlery Nets In Goal Spree

    (5 May 2001) - The Boston United Pilgrims kept up their profitable end of season form, stretching their unbeaten run to six matches with a victory over mid-table counterparts Hereford.
    Paul Parry (2) Jamie Cook (16, 63) St. Lucian striker Ken Charlery (34) and Simon Rusk (83) scored for Boston United. Charlery, the burly 36-year-old who's the fifth-leading scorer in the Nationwide Conference, latched on to a clever flick by David Town to prod home from close range after holding off the challenge of Herefeord's Tony James.
    Charlery was also instrumental in setting up Cook's go-ahead goal, as he headed down a Town cross, controlling the ball for Cook to power a shot past the hapless Herefeord custodian.
    Boston ended winning the match 6-3.


AAA Marks World Athletics Day

    (5 May 2001) - The St. Lucia Amateur Athletics Association celebrated the Sixth International Amateur Athletics Federation World Athletics Day on Saturday last at the Mindoo Philip Park in Castries. Forty junior athletes competed, some in events quite unfamiliar to them.
    Several prominent names won their respective events, including four members of St. Lucia's team to the XXX Carifta Games in Bridgetown, Barbados last month. Sprinter Kenson Casimir and long jumper Travis Joseph both contested the boys U20 heptathlon in Barbados.
    Kenson won the boys' 100m dash and 11m high hurdles on Saturday; Travis, who's also a high jumper and triple jumper, won the long jump, clearing well over six metres. Benjamin Laurencin was fourth in his U17 boys' javelin at Carifta, he won the discus easily last weekend.
    Sportswoman of the Year 2000 Lavern Spencer, a gold medallist at Carifta, cleared the modest height of 1.65m in a girls' high jump exhibition. Carifta javelin bronze medallist Emma-Gene Evans was third again at World Athletics Day, this time in the girls' open discus.
    Marlon Cristophe, the AAA Public Relations Officer, says that he's looking forward to seeing some of these athletes doing well at National Track and Field Championships on 20 May. The deadline for registration to participate in the Championships is 12 May.

Outstanding results from the Sixth
 Athletics Day Exhibition
5 May 2001, Mindoo Philip Park
300m grass track, hand timing

    200m boys Time

    Kenson Casimir (Mercury) 22.59
    Javin Moise (Morne Stars) 23.20
    Ryan Auguste (Abilene) 23.49

    200m girls Time

    Marie Claire Louis (Abilene) 26.18
    Louisa St. Remy (CARE) 27.05
    Yanna Joseph (Entrepot) 27.71
    Louise St. Remy (CARE) 27.78

    Long jump boys Distance

    Travis Joseph (Morne Stars) 6.44m
    Benjamin Laurencin (Rock Hall Senior Primary) 5.83m
    Kenson Casimir (Mercury) 5.66m

    Discus boys Distance

    Benjamin Laurencin (Rock Hall Senior Primary) 39.02m
    Arnold Henry (Entrepot Secondary) 33.74m
    Charles Serieux (Corinth Secondary) 32.42m

    Discus girls Distance

    Giselle Frederick (Entrepot Secondary) 28.04m
    Owencia Pierre (Entrepot Secondary) 26.10m
    Emma-Gene Evans (Leon Hess Comprehensive) 23.81m

    1500m boys Time

    Nevil Dupre (Road Busters) 4:36.36
    Nolan Duncan (Entrepot Secondary) 4:37.95
    Shawn Adams (Entrepot Secondary) 4:38.55

    1500m girls Time

    Mina Philip (Entrepot Secondary) 5:28.00
    Kesha Gustave (Rock Hall Senior Primary) 5:43.28

    100h girls Time

    Giselle Frederick (Entrepot Secondary) 18.90
    Yanna Joseph (Entrepot Secondary) 19.37
    Emma-Gene Evans (Leon Hess Comprehensive) 20.30

    100h boys Time

    Kenson Casimir (Mercury) 17.42
    Kimran Edwin (Bocage) 19.78
    Ryan Auguste (Abilene) 19.83

    High jump girls Height

    Lavern Spencer (Entrepot Secondary) 1.65m









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